Acts Chapter 25

Acts 25

1Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

2Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,

3And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.

4But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.

5Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.

6And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.

7And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

8While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.

9But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?

10Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.

11For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

12Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.

13And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.

14And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul’s cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix:

15About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.

16To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.

17Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.

18Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed:

19But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

20And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.

21But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.

22Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

23And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus’ commandment Paul was brought forth.

24And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.

25But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.

26Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.

27For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.

 

25 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 25

  1. There seems to be alot of chatter over the offenses of Paul; with the only real accusation being that he DID preach JESUS.

    vs 19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

    While some view Jesus as dead; I am thankful today that I know Jesus is ALIVE!

  2. No one can find anything wrong that Paul did. However, everyone he comes before wants to hear what Paul has to say as verse 22 (Message Version) says…..Agrippa said, “I’d like to see this man and hear his story.” There is something about this Paul and what he professes that attracts people…..Jesus!

  3. Unbelievers always want to stop someone from spreading God’s word. Even the high priest and those in authority could not find anything Paul did wrong. It just goes to show, that unbelievers will try to silence those who believe in God. We should stay committed to God and continue to spread his Word. Jesus is alive!!

  4. Paul was not intimidated with all the accusations that people continually threw at him. He knew what he believed, and stood firm on the foundation of what he knew as truth. We must stand firm on the foundation God has given us and not be moved with peer pressure or even tests that come our way. Let nothing separate us from what God has placed within us.

  5. I found a parallel here between Paul being on trial and Jesus being on trial. The rulers didn’t really know what to do with them; they couldn’t find fault in them but they also had a whole bunch of angry people on their hands who wanted them dead. Prov 17:15 comes to mind “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord” as well as Prov 25:5 “Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.” In these cases, the rulers identified that Jesus and Paul were not worthy of death but to pacify their accusers (who brought identifiably false accusation at that) instead of executing good judgment, condemned those who should have been set free. It seems instead of ruling with righteousness when a tough decision came along, they hid from the challenge of integrity and uprightness and rather deferred to do that which would make the people before them happy. It the same way, we must stand strong in Jesus’ truth and judge righteous judgment in our lives when making decisions and examining situations, etc. It can be tempting to compromise and just do what’s easy, but we must be committed to doing what glorifies God even if that means taking the hard road and going against the grain.

  6. I just have to say that from the time the church began until now, there has always been persecution of the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The truth of the matter is that there will always be those that oppose the truth and those who become angry with it because they do not understand it. Paul proudly promoted and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as moral living and righteousness. Paul truly worked for the Kingdom by impacting one person at a time, from the “least of these,” to men of power. What we have to understand is that when we face persecution and accuasation of any sort… it is not our time to prove that we are in the right; it is our time to point to Jesus and let everyone know that Jesus is the Christ. BE CHURCH

  7. It seems Paul has become a celebrity of sorts. He is sent from Judge to Judge with no list of crimes. They just want to hear what he has to say. In the previous chapter there is a verse that says 11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
    Even the Lord is saying, you are a testament of me and I will send you to Rome as a witness. All of this persecution is just an opportunity for the gospel to spread through Paul.

  8. 25: 7 Again ,as in the first hearing ,Paul’s adversaries produced no witnesses or evidence of any kind.

    25:8 Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God but not as a political rival of Rome. He advocated respect for law and order and prayer for civil rulers.

  9. This chapter makes me think of the words in a song, No matter what comes my way I’ll lift my voice and say,”Hallelujah anyhow!” Paul will stop at nothing to preach God’s word no matter the circumstance. This definitely strengthens me and gives me an I don’t care what you think attitude! I will serve the Lord with gladness.

  10. Acts, chapter 25, clearly demonstrates that politics were at play even during the time of the apostles. Porcius Festus could not see anything worthy of death in the accusations brought against Paul by the Jews (Acts 25:26) but he wanted to please the Jews by taking Paul to Jerusalem to be judged according to their wishes. However, Paul insisted that he was a Roman and would be judged by Ceasar.

    Paul was held in custody by Felix for 2 years. During these two years, God prepared him for his testimony in Rome. Paul knew of the false doctrines that were creeping into the Roman church, demonstrated by his words in the first 2 chapters of Romans. However, he still had hope that he would be able “to impart unto [the Roman church] some spiritual gift to the end [they] may be established” (Romans 1:11-13). He wanted some converts from the Roman church also (Romans 1:12-13). But the Jews for the most part still wouldn’t accept his words, so Paul proclaimed the words of Isaiah that the salvation of God was sent to the Gentiles (Acts 28:28). That we, as Gentiles can also have this wonderful salvation, is in itself a great testimony.

  11. No lie can stand against the truth. Truth always prevails. Yet, Paul wasn’t just going to sit around and listen to the false accusations against him. He stood up for truth and what he believed in. It’s time for us to stand up for what we believe in. It’s time to stand up for JESUS and proclaim his word everywhere.

  12. Paul was a man not guilty of any crime but he was guilty of being sold out for JESUS!
    We see through Paul’s ministry that living a life free of sin gives you the opportunity to spread the gospel guilt free; so that when your enemies try to find fault in you there is nothing to find.

  13. Acusation after acusation, Paul was accused falsly several times. I mean these men really wanted to put an end to Paul for God. When God still has a work for you to do, no matter what man devises against you, they won’t be able to lay a hand on you until God is ready for that. This just goes to show how much we have to trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Refuse to give in and never give up because God has a plan for all of us.

  14. If our witness is great enough, others will come to see and hear what we have to say. If our witness is true, then no fault will be able to be found in us.

  15. No one wanted to make a decision for or against Paul. This is what Christ warned against – being lukewarm. To follow him we must be willing to choose, even it means going against the crowd.

  16. There is nothing worse than to be wrongly accused. Paul has spent sometime now in jail awaiting trial. Waiting, although no one can find anything to charge him with except for him preaching about Jesus and that He still lives. In jail he continue his task of spreading the gospel, never changing the message, earning him a positive and respected reputation. This is the perfect book to read when you become discouraged about witnessing for Christ. It shows how to make the best of your situation and find the silver linning during those dark times. His word should be more important than our pitty parties, our little attitudes, or our financials situations. His Word needs to be spread around the whole word.

  17. Paul was in prison, but that didn’t stop him from making the most of his situation. Military officers and prominent city leaders met in the palace room with Agrippa to hear this case. Paul saw this new audience as yet another opportunity to present the gospel. Rather than complain about your present situation, look for ways to use every opportunity to serve God and share him with others. Our problems may be opportunities in disguise.

  18. Just because of their own superstitions & accusations they wanted Paul to be put to death even though his only crime was being a warrior for God. People today try to pick apart our lifes because they dont believe help us all to be a great testimony for God

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