Acts Chapter 25

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Acts 25

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

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

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

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

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

6 And 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.

7 And 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.

8 While 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.

9 But 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?

10 Then 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.

11 For 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.

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

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

14 And 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:

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

16 To 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.

17 Therefore, 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.

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

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

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

21 But 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.

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

23 And 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.

24 And 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.

25 But 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.

26 Of 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.

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

28 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 25

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

    Paul stuck in a place between accusations and truth finds himself once again trusting on God and his integrity. It was not unlawful to preach the Word yet many unable to understand the gospel allowed fear to hold them captive and “misery loves company” so they hold Paul captive.

    The Bible says the people “desires favor against him” this is why we must pray for our missionaries and for the saints of God. That as we go out to preach and teach this great gospel that we would not only have favor with God but with the people.

    It is the tactic of the devil to allow ignorance of the Gospel to bread fear of it and then hatred. We must pray that lives would become hungry for him that they may understand, love, and cherish the Word of God.

  2. 18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed:

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

    20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.
    Paul knew he was not guilty of such things , that would cause him to be put to death. He knew the Jews hated him for preaching to them the truth, how they crucified Jesus for doing good.
    People don’t believe others can be so hard hearted toward someone about their belief.

  3. For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” (‭Acts‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

    No fear

  4. Distraction

    Acts 25:11 (The Message)
    11 If I’ve committed a crime and deserve death, name the day. I can face it. But if there’s nothing to their accusations—and you know there isn’t—nobody can force me to go along with their nonsense. We’ve fooled around here long enough. I appeal to Caesar.”

    Distract – 1350-1400; Middle English < Latin distractus (past participle of distrahere to draw apart), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + trac- (variant stem of trahere to draw) + -tus past participle suffix

    Distraction – 1425-75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin distractiōn- (stem of distractiō) separation

    The prefix dis means a Latin prefix meaning “apart,” “asunder,” “away,” “utterly,” or having a privative, negative, or reversing force (see de-, un-2.); used freely, especially with these latter senses, as an English formative:
    disability; disaffirm; disbar; disbelief; discontent; dishearten; dislike; disown.

    Traction means to draw along, or pull down a road, river, etc.

    Distraction has two purposes. First it is meant to create division, and disunity by delaying, or preventing the action aligned with the purpose. It removes the persons attention.

    The second purpose of distraction is to derail an individual from the path.

    Here Paul is a human yoyo going back and forth. The accusations cannot be proven, and the rulers are not bringing this to a close. All the while Paul is distracted from the purpose of God.

    Psalms 88:15 (KJV Strong's)
    15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:
    while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

    The word distracted is (CWSB Dictionary) H6323. פּוּן pûn: A verb meaning to be distracted, to be in despair. It refers to a state of great distraction or despair, hopelessness (Ps. 88:15[16]); in context it describes despair because of illness.

    The answer to distraction is focus.

    Galatians 3:1 (The Message)
    Trust in Christ, Not the Law
    ​1 You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it's obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the Cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.

    When we find ourselves distracted the way to get back on track is to go back to the basics. Focus on Jesus, the cross, his purpose, and your love for him. Once this is done the devil can't to anything to distract. Passion will be revived, and unity will prevail.

  5. 7 And 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

    The bible speaks of people bearing false witness and persecution against Christians in the last days. This verse is an example of it happening thousands of years ago. All Paul could do was stand on his integrity and know he was innocent of the charges.. all we can do is the same and have faith that God will handle it

  6. “But 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?” Festus was concerned with pleasing the people. One should be more concerned with doing what is right in God’s (Jesus) eyes first. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

    More;
    6 And 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.

  7. 24 And 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.

    25 But 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.

    26 Of 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.

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

    Paul was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and remained steadfast, unmovable while being judged by various men, deciding his fate.

    Our testimony and love for the Lord must be rock solid. We should be the same everywhere we go, to whomever we meet, regardless of their status in life. We need to reach the unloveable and those that nobody wants, but I also want to reach the millionaires, the doctors, the lawyers and those that can financially assist in building the Kingdom of God in the region of Fort Worth.

  8. in the first century a citizen living in the provinces could appeal to Caesar when a possibility of capital punishment existed. Festus was no doubt pleased to have the case out of his jurisdiction.

  9. Acts 25:13
    Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.

    It was customary for rulers to pay a complimentary visit to a new ruler at the time of his assignment. It was advantageous to each that they get along well together.

  10. DEFENSE OF INNOCENCE

    7 And 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.
    8 While 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.

    In a society where multitudes are defending their “RIGHT” very few are interested in defending their “RIGHTEOUSNESS”. Paul is a great example of this opportunity. Having been falsely accused ny his own and hated by the Jews, having done nothing wrong only testifying of the name and power of JESUS.

    Paul STOOD to the DEFENSE OF INNOCENCE, he did not quit, give up or attempt to run. He BOLDLY and FAITHFULLY faced his accusers.

    I pray the LORD BLESS us with this FAITH in GOD, that we will live RIGHTEOUS lives and face our accusers to allow TRUTH to defend itself.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  11. Innocent until proven guilty!!!!!!

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

    In the great USA all prisoners are innocent until proven guilty. In this case, it seems the same way for the exception that instead of just accepting that Paul is innocent and they are trying very hard to find a charge something to make him guilty. The Truth will ALWAYS give freedom. The Truth will ALWAYS STAND ABOVE ALL.

  12. Paul had great faith and trust in the Lord despite his very own life being put on trial. We can all say right now, “of course I’d be strong enough to not fear, I know God’s got this.” But a time is coming where we have to really put our faith into action, how strong is your faith and trust in God? I pray to be like Paul, unashamed of my God in times of trouble and to know that he holds my world in His hands; to know that I am always safe knowing He will never leave nor forsake me.

  13. In reading this chapter this morning, it brings to my mind “Never Changing”. Paul’s testimony never wavered or never changed regardless of who he was in front of, the status of those around him or the repeated accusations coming against him.

    My God never changes as Malachi 3:6 AMP says “For I am the Lord, I do not change…..” Hebrews 13:8 AMP “Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).”

  14. iLove to eat More Word

    “No More Games”
    Paul refused to play the game that Festus had set before him.

    9 “But 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?”

    Paul knew if he allowed them to take him to Jerusalem that he would be killed in the process. Paul knew this was not the will of God for the Lord had already told him that he would go and be a witness in Rome. Paul knew he had “more” pull with the Romans than the High Priest did for Paul was a Roman citizen and he knew his rights as a citizen. He uses these rights to spread the gospel and appeals to Caesar. Festus now has his hands tied and has no choice but to send Paul to Rome.

    side note:
    It is always important to stay true to the Truth. If you are ever falsely accused and the D.A. promises to let you go if you plead guilty…never accept that plea. Even if it costs you your life, make up in your mind that you are not playing the game of the devil.

  15. 18, “Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I suppose:”
    19, “But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul afffirmed to be alive.”

    MSG – “The accusers came at him from all sides, but their accusations turned out to nothing more than arguments about their religion and a dead man named Jesus, who the prisoner claimed was alive.”

    2 Timothy 2:23 says, “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.”
    Titus 3:9 says, “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”

    All some people want to do is argue about religion, but the Word of God tells us to avoid foolish and unlearned questions, because they are unprofitable and vain. They don’t do anyone any good. All it does is stir up contention and strife. The Word of God can stand up on its own.

  16. 25 But 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.

    Paul was accused just like Jesus. So we must be also, the word says that we will do all things that Christina as done and more. We should not forget that suffering was one of those things and Jesus endured much for us, it is only right that we should endure much for him because no matter what we go through it will never compare to all that he went through for us. We should have no fear when we are standing before our accusers because God streangthens us and all things that happen -have a purpose

  17. Haters…

    When people accuse us love them and remember that they hated Jesus first. I pray for them cause we all make mistakes but in the end we all Glorify the King of Kings and the LORD of LORDs.

  18. It is not our choice who should live or die, it is only God’s choice. THIS IS NOT JUST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (TEN COMMANDMENTS), but also in the New Testament. We are not just suppose to bypass the scriptures below. They are just like any scriptures in the Bible we are suppose to abide by them daily, every minute of every day.
    The bible says “thou shalt not kill” KJV
    KJV EXODUS 20:13
    Deuteronomy 5:17
    Thou shalt not kill.
    Matthew 5:21
    Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
    Romans 13:9
    For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    NLT Exodus 20:13
    “You must not murder.”

    2 Peter 1:20 KJV Says
    Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    Which means that were not suppose to twist the scriptures into making it our own in how we should do things, we should do exactly what the Bible says. The Word is either Black or White, there’s no in between.
    Even back in the Bible days it still goes for the accusers on Paul, they have no authority to put anyone to death. The only One is Jesus Christ our Savior, He is the only Judge the only One who has that authority.

    Help us God to see things the way you seem them, help all who are in need, help the hungry, help the sick, help them who need to be led the correct way.
    Thank you Jesus for helping us not to be so quick to make accusations just because we don’t like the way there doing things, but to pray for them for YOU to show them the way and by continuously praying for them.
    Thank you Jesus thank you Jesus thank you Jesus, I want to be more like YOU. I love you Jesus.

  19. 25 But 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.

    26 Of 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.

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

    Paul was not guilty of a crime but guilty of preaching the truth to all men. We are on a time that people value “political correctness” and myriads become people pleasers but will the church be found guilty,(in their eyes) of this truth the we must hold and share?

    Jude 1:3
    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

  20. This should be titled facing your accusers, and how righteousness prevails. It also, shows how knowing your legal rights are as a citizen of Rome. Paul’s appeal brought another twist or turn to the current events. It also, diverted the authorities, and brought him to be a greater witness before the king, for Jesus Christ. Remember, all though it seems our rights are being taken away from us more and more each day. In America, we still have some rights left to fight back with and our legal system is currently struggling or diminishing. We are still God’s children, and his court is the most high court. Make that appeal to Jesus Christ and watch the results compared to this nation. “WE ARE BLESSED”……………………………

    16 To 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.

    “Stand”……………………………………………………………………………………………..

  21. Am I guilty as charged?

    One thing Fetus noted…..that Paul affirmed that this one named Jesus was alive forever more. Paul was guilty of preaching the death, burial and resurrection.

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

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

    Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? -John 18:29

    Jesus was guilty of being God manifested in the flesh.

    No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. -John 1:18

    And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. -1 Timothy 3:16

    To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. -2 Corinthians 5:19

  22. V19 But certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

    i Affirm that JESUS IS ALIVE
    HE LIVES !!!!!

    There’s another oneness scripture
    ” and of one Jesus”. One not three .

    From the beginning, the apostles preached and praise GOD its still preached today of the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST and our hope for a personal resurrection.
    This truth has and will continue to bring about powerful results.

  23. 10 Then 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.

    11 For 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.

    Even when he was being persecuted for the gospel that he preached, he did not back down and he did not let the fear of what could happen to him effect him. He knew he spoke the truth of God and he stood by it, we all need to do the same, stand by the truth, no matter who may try to persecute us for this.

  24. When we go through trials, we don’t always see the finish line. We must learn to trust God in everything He sends us through. He is faithful and all-knowing. We’re in great hands! He will take care of us just like He did for Paul.

  25. Be ready!

    7 And 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.

    Once you start to become more like Christ the more this world will accuse you. Paul finds himself leading in the promotion of the gospel but also being persecuted the greatest. When you are really doing the work and the will of God the devil will be hard at work to try to stop you. Paul understood his work probably would not end well but he said this….

    Romans 8:
    35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
    36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
    37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
    38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Who will it be in our generation?
    Get Ready!!

  26. Accusations
    He was in captivity with others wanting to make up something to get him into trouble. It was horrible. As it was stated, he did nothing wrong, but there he was in the middle of some accusations. He was not gossiping or backbiting, whining or complaining. He was there to defend himself and share JESUS with those around him. His defense actually causes people to examine the truth behind JESUS more than he could have done if he were never put into captivity. Even through adversity and accusations he was working to gather MORE saints into the kingdom.

  27. Evidence

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

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

    There’s that saying, “is there enough evidence for us to be convicted as Christians?” In the midst of Paul’s ordeal with the Jews, the Roman authorities stand as a cynical, slightly amused third party observing the scenario unfold. Yet in the midst of it, we see proof that Paul’s message was clear enough that the disinterested Roman heads caught the basic message: “Jesus died but is risen.” Yes we must live our lives so that we can be convicted as Christians, but even beyond that we should live so that others know what a Christian is. It’s not enough to think others know what to expect of Christians or know the reality of Christ, but it’s up to us to be living examples.

    Ephesians 4:22-24 AMP
    22 Strip yourselves of your former nature (put off and discard your old unrenewed self) which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

    23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude,

    24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self created in God’s image), Godlike in true righteousness and holiness.

  28. Acts 25:14 since they were spending many days there Festus discussed Paul’s case with the king. He said there ius a man here whom Flex has left as a prisoner. When I went to Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned. I told them that it is not the roman custom to hand over anyone before they have faced their accusers and have had an opportunity to defend themselves against the charges.

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