Paul Speaking Before Felix And Drusilla
- SCRIPTURE READING:
24:24-27 = "And after certain days, when
Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent
for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And
as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to
come Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time;
when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. He hoped
also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he
might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and
communed with him. But after two years Porcius Festus came into
Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure,
left Paul bound."
- BACKGROUND OF PAULS SPEECH:
- Felix had put off further hearing of Paul
until Lysias, the chief captain, could come down and he would
have more knowledge of Pauls situation.
24:22 = "And when Felix heard these things,
having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them,
and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I
will know the uttermost of your matter."
- Paul has been guarded by a Roman centurion
to keep Paul in the meantime and to allow Paul
- To have liberty
- To be permitted to have his acquaintances
to minister and come to him.
24:23 = "And he commanded a centurion to
keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should
forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him."
- Felix what unique:
- He was the governor of the territory.
- Josephus, a Jewish historian, said that
Felix was "the worse ruler that ever swayed the destiny
- He was a slave by birth, and was set
free by the mother of the Emperor.
- He was a libertine.
- He recognized no moral law.
- PAULS ADDRESS WAS VERY APPROPRIATE
FOR HIS AUDIENCE.
contents of the speech was most certainly unexpected by Felix
and Druscilla. Saying what Paul did took great skill and courage.
What Paul consisted of three things. Acts
24:25 = "And he reasoned of righteousness,
temperance, and judgment to come,
- This was in direct opposition to the
cruelty and injustice of Felix.
- We do not know what Paul actually said,
but we do know from the word use by Paul what he was talking
- The Greek word is dikaiosune, pronounced
(dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay); equity (of character or act); specially
- It is used to speak of the state in
which one should be that is doing that which is right
in Gods sight.
has to do with ones integrity, virtue, purity of
life, uprightness, correctness in thinking and in doing.
- This was in contrast to the conduct
- He had murdered a high priest.
- He had taken bribes.
- He was ruthless in his dealings with
- A virtue that what was unknown to both
Felix and Druscilla.
- We still do not know exactly what Paul
said but we can gain some insight about what he said from
the Greek Word.
- Egkrateia, pronounced(eng-krat'-i-ah);
self-control or temperance (continence and chastity.
- Felix was known for his unbridled passions
and harsh judgments.
- Judgment to come -- The time when all unrighteousness
and intemperance will be judged.
Corinthians 6:9-10 = "Know ye not that the
unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall
inherit the kingdom of God."
Corinthians 5:10 = "For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive
the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad."
5:19-21 = "Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as
I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
- THE RESULTS WERE DISAPPOINTING.
- On Druscilla:
- Luke does not give us a minute hint of
any results on her.
- In all probability she was not affected
at all by what Paul said.
- On Felix:
- He was "terrified".
- Though terrified he lacked the courage
to confess Christ.
- He was conscience stricken but was impenitent
due to two possibilities:
- The love of money.
24:26 = "He hoped also that money should
have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him:
wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with
Timothy 6:10 = "For the love of money
is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after,
they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows."
- The love of praise and popularity.
= "But after two years Porcius Festus came into
Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left
1:10 = "For do I now persuade men, or God?
or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should
not be the servant of Christ."
- PAUL FIRMLY STOOD BEFORE FELIX AND DRISCULA
AND POINTED OUT:
- The certainty of judgment upon all mankind
and that they would not escape this judgment of God.
- Felix and Druscilla had lived as though
they would never have to give an account for their deeds to
- They are brought face to face with the
consequences of their wicked deeds.
- FELIXS CONSCIENCE WAS AWAKENED BY WHAT
PAUL SAID, AND THE ONLY REPLY WAS:
"Go thy way for
this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for
- HOW MANY OF US ARE AWAITING A CONVENIENT
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