Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian (Acts 26:28).
I have heard Almost Persuaded many times from my earliest days in church. It has usually been sung as an invitational hymn. Almost Persuaded was written by Philip B. Bliss.
One of the most sad stories in the Bible is that of Paul’s hearing before King Agrippa in Acts 28. Paul expounded on how he had learned from astute Jewish scholars, had persecuted Christians and had personally been called out by Christ. Paul told Agrippa that Christ had risen from the dead and would save both Jews and Gentiles. King Agrippa told Paul that he knew Paul was a Christian and then stated the sad words, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
Agrippa was so close to an eternity with God. Hebrews 9:27 tells us: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. About 40 years after the account given in Acts 26 Agrippa died just like you and I will do. He passed from being a king on Earth to judgement by the eternal judge, God. There is good news for us, if we believe in Christ. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16-17). We have an appointment with God, our righteous judge (2 Tim 4:8). Are you persuaded to receive Christ and escape condemnation?
Philip B. Bliss wrote the lyrics and music of Almost Persuaded in 1871. This account is given in Cyberhymnal. “He who is almost persuaded is almost saved, and to be almost saved is to be entirely lost,” were the words with which the Rev. Mr. Brundage ended one of his sermons. P. P. Bliss, who was in the audience, was much impressed with the thought, and immediately set about the composition of what proved to be one of his most popular songs (http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/l/m/almostpe.htm).
“Almost persuaded” now to believe;
“Almost persuaded” Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
“Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.”
“Almost persuaded,” come, come today;
“Almost persuaded,” turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wanderer, come!
“Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last!
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
“Almost,” but lost!
If you have not believed on Christ, I pray that you will be persuaded right now. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). Please do not wait too late.