Agrippa could do nothing to free Paul since he had appealed to Caesar. Why did Paul give this speech and the words in Acts 26:25-27? (See Acts 26:29.)
It all comes down to this-everything in Paul's discourse to Festus and Agrippa is based on verifiable fact-what the prophets have said regarding the Messiah, the personal transformation of Saul to Paul. It all made sense; it was reasonable for Paul to believe and do what he did. Festus accuses Paul of being insane but Paul points out that he has been pointing out the truth and it is not insanity to believe and live the truth. It is insanity to see the truth and deny it. Why did Paul give this speech and use these words? He wanted Festus, Agrippa and Bernice to be confronted with the truth; he wanted to lead them on the path to the logical conclusion; he wanted them to turn to God and Jesus. He wanted them to be able to see. He was pointing out that it was they and not him who were acting insanely. He wanted them to be saved.
Acts 26:25-27, 29
25 "I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."â€¦. 29 Paul replied, "Short time or long-I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."