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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 257/260: Paul

Read Acts 24:22-27; 25:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

The Importance Of The Resurrection

Paul was arrested and sent to Caesarea to stand trial before Felix. Felix found no reason to punish Paul, but still left him in chains to appease the Jews. Paul had an opportunity to preach to Felix and his wife Drusilla, and he spoke “about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25). Just as Felix refused to make a decision about Paul’s criminal case, he refused to make a decision about his own spiritual condition. For two years Paul was held, though he was innocent of all charges.

Then Festus came to office. The Jews wanted Festus to hear Paul’s case, and the governor was disappointed that the matter was nothing more than a religious dispute “about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive” (Acts 25:19). In that statement, perhaps we get a small glimpse of what kept Paul going despite his imprisonment.

Paul’s hope and faith rested in the resurrection. It was evident in his preaching. How often had Paul declared that “God raised (Jesus) from the dead” (Acts 13:30), or “that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead” (Acts 17:3)? He declared that Jesus would judge the world and that God “has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

His hope and faith in the resurrection were also evident in Paul’s writing. He wrote, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

The hope of our resurrection rests on the Lord’s resurrection. Study 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, which teaches the futility of faith if the resurrection is not true. Paul declared, “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

Have you died to your sins and been buried in baptism? If you have, you can have the hope of eternity with Him because of His resurrection!

Paul Reasons With Felix (Acts 24:22-27)

Paul Reasons With Felix Acts 24

Acts 24:22-27

I. Who were Felix and Drusilla? (Acts 24:24)

    A. Felix was born a slave but was freed and rose to power
    B. Drusilla was a member of the Herod family

II. Paul preached to them the gospel (Acts 24:25)

    A. Righteousness (Psalm 119:172; Matthew 3:15)
    B. Self-control (Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6; Titus 1:8; Galatians 5:24; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Matthew 14:4, 10)
    C. The judgment to come (2 Corinthians 5:10; Acts 17:31)

III. The response of Felix (Acts 24:26-27)

    A. Afraid (NKJV), trembled (KJV), terrified (ASV)
    B. He procrastinated for a “convenient time”
    C. He called on Paul again, but with the wrong motivation, hoping for a bribe (Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Psalm 15:5)

Paul’s Defense Before Felix (Acts 24:10-21)

Paul's Defense Before Felix Acts 24

Acts 24:10-21

I. “I worship the God of my fathers”

    A. Worship is a personal responsibility (1 Corinthians 11:28)
    B. “According to the Way” (Acts 2:42)
    C. “The God of my fathers” (Acts 22:3)

II. “Believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets”

    A. Prophecies of the Messiah (Genesis 3:15; 12:1-3; Galatians 3:26-29; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 52-53)
    B. Jesus and His disciples affirmed the prophecies were written about Him (Luke 4:16-21; John 1:45; Luke 24:25-27, 44-45)

III. “I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”

    A. Belief of the patriarchs (Job 19:25-27)
    B. The importance of the resurrection (Hebrews 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-52)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 48/260: Read Acts 24

Are you waiting to be good enough to follow Jesus? Are you waiting for a convenient time? That time will never come. Felix listened to Paul and had a “more accurate knowledge of the Way” than he had previously. But he was not ready to act. The time was not “convenient” for him.

The time will never be “convenient.” The decision to follow Christ is not a frivolous one. You will have to give up some things (but you will gain so much more). You will have to say goodbye to old friends (but the new ones will encourage you). You may even have to sever ties with family (but your new family will be eternal).

Following Christ is not convenient, but it is vital. Your eternal soul depends on it. The Scriptures teach about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come. Such topics rightly caused Felix to fear, but it was not convenient for him to make a decision.

Learning the good news about Jesus is important, but we also must be aware of the bad news. In the end, all will be raised and stand before God in judgment. Let’s not wait for a convenient time, but take advantage of the time we have right now.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 22:16. And now why are you _______________? Arise and be _______________, and wash away your _______________, calling on the name of the Lord.

Pray

Pray for your friends who have not yet made the important decision to become disciples. Pray for the confidence to share with them both the good news and the bad news.