Acts Chapter 24

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Acts 24

1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.

2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,

3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.

5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.

7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,

8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.

9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:

11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:

13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.

14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.

17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.

19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.

20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,

21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.

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.

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.

24 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.

25 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.

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 him.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

36 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 24

  1. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.

    This is the first time I really noticed this verse. We know that God is in control and His way is perfect (2samuel 22:31), yet so often we take offence when things don’t go our way or we feel that we were mistreated.

    Romans 8:28
    28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    We have been guilty of taking offence against our brothers and sisters and others, but they aren’t in control.

    Ephesians 6:12
    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Paul purposefully chose not to get offended even though he suffered greatly at the hands of his people. He chose not to get bitter with God for allowing these things to happen because he realized that the purpose was bigger than himself.

    Psalms 119:165
    165 Great peace have they which love thy law:
    and nothing shall offend them.

  2. 24 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.

    25 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.

    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 him.

    Felix was willing to listen to Paul and saw nothing wrong in this man, even heard him considering the gospel of Jesus Christ. Felix trembled, which means to me he heard and considered this way, but put off doing anything about his salvation. Many people keep delaying making a decision to follow Jesus and be born again.
    We must be born again, Felix was filled with greed wanting money from Paul, for his release. Felix was not willing to do the right thing, being filled with greed, greed will not let us do what is right. We must guard our hearts never to let greed enter into our hearts, and cause us the missery that comes with it.

  3. Acts 24:25
    But as Paul went on discussing about goodness, self- control, and the coming Day of Judgment, Felix was afraid and said, “You may leave now. I will call you again when I get the chance.”

    The word shines it’s light on the hearts of men. There are only two responses. Man will embrace the light, feel bad for what they have done, and choose to not do it again. This is called conviction. However, if the light shines, they feel bad, but they run from the truth this is called condemnation.

    Conviction helps us humbly see what we have done in the glory of a holy spotless God. Condemnation makes us feel like we are never good enough, and have gone too far.

    Felix had the right feeling but the wrong response. His eyes began to open but he got scared and walked away from his deliverance.

  4. I have had people ask me, ‘so you go to that church where they act crazy and run around and talk in tongues?’ If that is an accusation, then I am guilty as charged!

    14. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

    -or-

    I admit, the way you call acting crazy, that’s the way I worship the One True God, believing everything the Bible says!

  5. SOLD OUT

    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 him.

    Paul is placed in a unique position, he is not free, but is not isolated, he is being detained without a charge against him. The accusation being, the resurrection of the dead. Felix hopes to receive financial gain from Paul in order to free him. However Paul chooses to tarry for opportunity to share the way, the gospel yet again. Not willing to sell out to the pressures of false accusation, Paul waits. I am reminded of the words of Solomon in:

    Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Paul passionately awaited his opportunity to share “the way” with others than to pay for his release.

    May GOD help us to live with such commitment and passion as to give ourselves to HIS cause and not be swayed by personal, financial or political gain.

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  6. Blessings no matter where you are at.

    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.

    24 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.

    25 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.

    No matter where you are at or what you are doing; always ceased the opportunity to share Jesus Christ with everyone around you. Let His light shine through. What makes me sad is that some people will allow the word of God to touch them but don’t do nothing about it. They leave the church the same way they came in. Lord May they always remember that: NOW IS THE TIME, TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. In Jesus Name AMEN.

  7. Lawyers! Smooth talking spinsters!

    “orator named Tertullus” The Jews went all out in the process of condemning Paul. As the old saying goes, they spared no expense; I am sure. I like the message version:
    “Most Honorable Felix, we are most grateful in all times and places for your wise and gentle rule. We are much aware that it is because of you and you alone that we enjoy all this peace and gain daily profit from your reforms. I’m not going to tire you out with a long speech. I beg your kind indulgence in listening to me.”

    I have had the displeasure of dealing with a few lawyers; none of which were “on my side”. I have listened to them spin their tales of woe and grief against me. Then when my turn came to present my story it was like the hillbillies came to town.

    22 Felix shilly-shallied. – Perfect definition for Lawyer!

  8. 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 him.

    This seems to be the way of government now. Instead of justice or truth they are all about the money. They seem to have turned away from the one and only true God and have made money thier GOD. Praying for those placed in position of power to see the truth of God.

  9. In Caesarea the Jewish leaders charge Paul eith the crimes against their religion charges with Paul disputes. The astute governor Felix delays judgment. He keeps Paul in jail in part to please the Jews in part hoping for a bribe yet also curious about Pauls teaching. For two years Paul is kept in Caesarea under house arrest.

  10. 11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

    12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:

    13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.

    14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

    when Paul went up to worship that is exactly what he did, all though they accused him of all kids of things he was doing what he was supposed to be. Some of us don’t even come to the temple to worship anymore, we just come because that’s what is expected of us. Never stopping to think that it is Gods house and we have the privilege to come to his house and worship. Let’s not forget that he is the real reason for everything that we do. I’m glad Paul wasn’t in the temple arguing and starting drama, he set a good example for us as believers to fallow

  11. 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. (NLT)

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    10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:

    In the previous chapter, we find the Lord coming to Paul comforting Paul. Acts 23:11 “And 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.” In this chapter we find Paul walking in the Joy of the Lord and finding great strength in the hands of his captors. One great lesson we could all learn from this is no matter what circumstance happens in life, we can and should let the Joy of the Lord rule in our lives.

  13. 24:25 Men often put off receiving Christ as Savior, waiting for a convenient season. Rarely does that time come. There is no record that Felix ever found the right moment. God says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” .

    (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of Salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 2 Cor. 6:2

  14. When we are being accused, it sometimes means we are doing something wrong. But other times we are doing something right. So what are you being accused of? If it is for something that has to do about God. Good chances are that your doing something right. Let us be accused for do the right thing.

  15. The Jews certainly picked a smooth talking man to represent them & speak their accusations so convincingly…the devil IS a liar! Tertullus had his chance but happily Paul spoke on his behalf. I believe his attitude in the midst of his storm also had an affect on Felix as well as his words.

    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.

    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.

    24 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.

    25 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.

    When given the opportunity to speak the gospel, we see that the power of God’s word. Paul wasn’t defending himself, he was speaking God’s truth which had a profound effect on Felix. Unfortunetly, Felix postponed responding to God and we don’t read about him again until his successor takes over. If we can not take persecution so personal and respond with God’s word, then we will be doing God’s will through the trial.

  16. We have all been accused of something. Sometimes we are in the right and sometimes we are in the wrong, but I have been accused of going to church too much and i accept that, God died on the cross for my sins why wouldn’t I want to please him? Why wouldn’t anyone? If you are not pleasing God its not too late to turn your life around and start pleasing him. Let’s be accused for being a one God apostlic tongue talking holy roller born again heaven bound believer……….

  17. Vs.10, “Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:”
    Didn’t the Lord just tell Paul in the last chapter in verse 11 “to Be of Good Cheer.”
    When Paul is allowed to speak, he is ready to give an answer for himself and to do it with Cheer.

    Vs.13, “Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.”
    Vs.14, “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:”
    Vs.15, “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”
    Vs.16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”

    These passages of scripture made me think of the scriptures found in 1 Peter 3:13-17. “And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”

  18. Worship is Highly important, and having the appropriate faith in everything that is written by God, and his prophets! Remember, when Jesus fought back against Satan, he always quoted scripture and said “For it is Written”……..But, we are so blessed we can attach to our prayers/battles in the name of Jesus! Better Promises with the New Testament………Old Testament didn’t have the name of Jesus nor his blood in which Satan is defeated by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony, Amen & Amen! They couldn’t grasp the concept of the resurrection of the dead! But, holdfast to your Hope in God…………..

    14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

    15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
    ______________________________________________________________
    Maintaining a clear & clean conscience with appropriate perspective is evident in the very next verse. Not having an offence is the key! Forgive & Let it go and trust God!

    16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.

    “Be Blessed”………………………………………………………………………………

  19. That’s enough truth
    As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” (Acts 24:25 NIV)

    When the message starts to step on your toes you can check out or check in. Had Felix listened more and asked how to be prepared for the judgement this story might have ended differently. Everyone that is convicted and does nothing about it has a high chance of becoming like Felix.

  20. Paul makes it clear that believers can plant the seeds of the gospel and water them, but only God can bring the growth (1 Co 3:5-9). For two full years Paul plants and waters. Each time he is given a chance to talk with Felix, Paul proclaims the message of faith in Christ with boldness. Intially, Felix is filled with fear and makes Paul stop speaking. However, he later allows ongoing discussion about faith to continue -although he was at least partially motivated by a desire to recieve a bribe from Paul.

    We don’t know if Felix ever responded to Paul’s profound message. What we do know is that Paul continued to speak the truth even when there was no evidence of change or spiritual growth in Felix’s life. Our call is to communicate our faith and salvation. Some will recieve the message, others will outright reject it. We can’t control the response. What we can do is water and plant seeds and pray for God to bring the growth. When He does, we give Him the credit and the glory.

  21. You can find out the truth of our accusations by examining him yourself.” (Acts of the Apostles 24:8 NLT)

    You really see how people are when you get closer to them and see them through the hard and good times. But the best you can do is not judge them and pray and encourage

  22. “And Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure”. There was less friction in doing what pleased them, regardless of right or wrong. One would be wise to heed what sayeth the word of God (Jesus), than to please others and face the consequences during judgment. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  23. 10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:

    11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

    12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:

    13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.

    Paul had some serious accusations against him, but he wasn’t worried because he knew who his God was. There will be times where, as Christians, we will be accused. It’s not for us to get mad and start a fight, but we need to show the goodness of our God. If we truly believe that God has everything under control, we will continue to put our trust in God.

  24. 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

    We see Paul answering for himself.

    If at this very moment we where on trial accused of preaching and teaching the gospel, walking I. Truth, and allowing our words, actions, and deeds to line up with the word would we be found guilty or not guilty?

    One day we will stand before the King and give an account for our life. I believe that if we make ourselves accountable to the man of God now it will help us give an account later.

  25. Peer pressure

    27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

    Even if your heart is set to do right,
    You have to surround yourself with righteousness. We are a product of our surroundings.

    Romans 12:2
    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    We have to give ourselves every chance to succeed in righteousness because there are devils everywhere rooting for us to fail. We need to surround ourselves with people that have a relationship with Jesus so that we are pressured in the right way.

  26. 27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

    The accusations of others and the prison you find yourself in maybe the very path God has designed for your to walk-in to bring glory to his name.

    His judgments are true and not influenced by the ambitions of men.

    These rulers were influenced by their own pride.

  27. A Righteous Answer

    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.

    It is wise to think before we speak and act. Felix didn’t give an immediate answer here and it got me thinking about how we can sometimes rush along in life and get in a mess because we give an answer before giving it some real consideration. Not everything requires a lot of thinking but there are some things we must simply handle with care in order to give a righteous answer.

    Proverbs 15:28 AMP
    The mind of the uncompromisingly righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

    Proverbs 15:23
    A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

  28. 27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

    In the previous v26 we see how Felix is moved pretty much by greed. Greed with money and greed with power. What’s in it for me? He became a people pleaser to maintain his status and favor with some despite knowing what was right, nothing to accuse Paul of. Felix, a ruler with authority and power to judge. It mentions also the had knowledge to judge, but did nothing but try to get gain for himself.. I’m reminded of a saying; “everybody has a price” what is the price for truth? I know two examples; one here Paul willing to wait being imprisoned, for the opportunity to speak of that truth. The other, Truth Himself, Jesus. The way the Truth and the life considered it worth dying for. Knowing that we as followers of Christ, filled with His Spirit and given power and authority, What then shall we do about the truth of the gospel?

  29. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.

    Paul was placed in a tough situation. He was being wrongfully accused, he was being held captive and yet he exercised discipline in his own spirit that he did not cause offense toward God or toward men. This shows great character in his relationship with the Lord.

    There will be situations arise that as we teach and preach the gospel it could bring offense to others. It’s one thing for them to be offended at the word of God because it pricks their heart and calls them to a place of repentance, but it’s an entirely different thing if they are offended at us because we used the word of God to deepen the wound and make it worse.

    God help us to be sensitive enough to Your spirit that we exercise the discipline necessary to lead at all times, and keep our personal feelings out of the situation.

    Paul was later given the opportunity to share the gospel with Felix, although Felix rejected the word, the blood was no longer on the hands of Paul. I don’t want innocent blood on my hands because I allowed my flesh to get in the way of the Spirit of God.

  30. As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.” (Acts of the Apostles 24:25 NLT)

    Convenience The quality of being suitable to one’s comfort, purposes, or needs.

    Living for God is not according to our own comfort, purpose or needs. It’s is according to His will and purpose. Lord increase so that I may decrease.

    “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matthew 6:30-33 MSG)

  31. Paul tried before Felix 3. We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Fe’-lix, with all thankfulness. 4. Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words. 5. For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Naz’-a-renes: 6. Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. 7. But the chief captain Lys’-I-as came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,

  32. 25 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.

    We are not always able to predict how other will treat us or what circumstances we may fall in but we can choose how we respond. You can’t always have that opportunity to step away and collect your thoughts, you’re going to deal with a plethora of different personalities and God just might be using you for a specific reason. It’s not our time/will but His.

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