Remember Chapter 23 recap: Paul is imprisoned in Jerusalem, 40 Jewish leaders try to ambush/kill Paul under the pretense of a trial, and he is moved to Caesarea to be tried in front of Governor Felix.
Paul spends two years in prison as Felix stalls for time. Felix was hoping for a bribe from Paul. Paul used the times that people visited to preach to them the gospel. Felix and his wife visited and Paul used that opportunity to preach to them.
“Paul discoursed (to Felix) on (1) righteousness, (2) self-control and (3) the judgment to come.”
• “Righteousness” means right standing before God.
• “Self-Control”: God wants us to focus on Him.
• “The judgment to come”: We are all accountable to God, “saved” and “unsaved”.
• Felix said, “that’s enough for now”. He was probably convicted by his sins and Paul’s speeches.
Felix ends up not acknowledge God and was never saved, he is replaced by Festus. Proverbs 29:2 says – “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice and when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (NKJV)
“Don’t call me, I’ll call you” is not only a way to dismiss telemarketers and door-to-door solicitors. Modern-day Felixes treat the gospel with the same indifference. Paul’s trial witness before Felix at Caesarea helps us understand the reasons for and the hazards of putting off saying yes to Jesus.
Everyone of us is going to be judged by God, it rains on the good and the bad and we will all have a chance to be on trial in front of God Almighty on that judgment day. We can say to God, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you when I am ready,” but it might just be too late by then.
We continue with Chapter 25 next time, where Festus will agree on a new trial.