Acts Chapter 24 

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Acts 24

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.

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,

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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. 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.

    Like Paul we are given a chance to minister to others about God and sometimes we run into that person who isn’t quite ready for it and they wait for their “convenient season” to want to receive what God wants to tell them. Sometimes we get the same way but we shouldn’t wait. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable but always remember with growth it’s never comfortable.

  2. Now as he spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix became afraid and replied, “Leave for now, but when I find time I’ll call for you.”

    At the same time he was also hoping that money would be given to him by Paul. For this reason he sent for him quite often and conversed with him.
    Acts 24:25-26 HCSB

    It doesn’t appear that Paul was in the habit of sugar-coating or softening the Word of God, even when it could have been to his benefit. He had Felix’s frequent attention, but instead of preaching things to ingratiate Felix to himself, he spoke of the coming judgment and the need to live righteously and with self-control in the present world. He spoke the full truth when it was detrimental to do so.

    We cannot let the permissiveness of this society keep us from speaking the whole counsel of God. (The prophets of old were persecuted and killed when they gave the words of judgment God told them to speak.) One of the signs of the Endtime is that people will have itching ears and not endure sound doctrine. They want us to preach peace and safety and free salvation for all, regardless of beliefs, lifestyle, or commitment. However the Bible states the following:

    Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
    Romans 11:22 KJV

    Like Paul and the prophets before him, we must share the appropriate truth regardless of opposition or consequence. God is love, but judgment is also sure to those who refuse to obey His Word.

  3. Verses 22-23 MSG “Felix shilly-shallied. He knew far more about the Way than he let on, and could have settled the case then and there. But uncertain of his best move politically, he played for time. “When Captain Lysias comes down, I’ll decide your case.” He gave orders to the centurion to keep Paul in custody, but to more or less give him the run of the place and not prevent his friends from helping him.” Well, Felix had a “woulda, coulda, shoulda” moment; but, then he didn’t follow through as he played for more time. We cannot allow things in this world to stop us from doing what we have been called to do, as the time is now and there is no time for “shilly-shally”.

  4. 16 Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people. NLT

    We never know when we could be called into eternity without the chance to repent and get our life in order, so we must “always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.”

  5. 11 Because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any one nor inciting the crowd either in the synagogue or in the city. Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.

  6. 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:

    I love how this unfolds, Paul is brought in to see the judge and has a cheerful spirit about him to answer to him. He isn’t grudging about it, he admits today he has no problem standing and answering before the judge. And then tells him that they cannot prove what they are accusing him of but he is happy to admit that he is guilty. His passion for his calling and relationship with God is so evident here and that’s what I love about this. He cheerfully tells the judge he is guilty of worshipping Jesus

  7. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.

    Paul says he exercises himself, meaning that it doesn’t come naturally. And we as believers, can take note of this that he has to put effort into not being offended by God or man for the things that are happening to him. To keep his conscience void of offense, meaning no matter the issue if he has a negative spirit try to rise up in himself then he prays and repents from that to keep any negative mindset from taking hold. I think myself happy, he will later say to king Agrippa.
    This is and exercise to not be offended. It didn’t come easily, not even for Paul. But it is necessary to continue in joy doing the work to advance God’s Kingdom!

  8. Acts 24: 14 -15 (Amp) But this I confess to you , however, that in accordance with the Way [ of the Lord ], which they call a [ heretical, division- producing] sect, I worship ( serve) the God of our fathers, still persuaded of the truth of and believing in and placing full confidence in everything laid down in the Law [ of Moses] or written in the prophets; [15] Having the same hope in God which these themselves hold and look for, that there is to be resurrection both of the Righteous and Unrighteous (the just and the unjust). I pray that Lord help us to discipline our carnal flesh and have a clear conscience. In Jesus name.

  9. This passage should speak to any of us that have been spoken to in a similar fashion by those around us that just don’t understand our zeal and dedication unto God. ‘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: 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’ve been called many things over the years, and we’re still serving God! That consistency over time silences the ridicule and accusations of those who love us but do not understand our commitment to the kingdom. We worship in spirit and in truth! Just like Paul, we can say ‘And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.’

    Our first priority is to have a good conscience toward God, that he would not be offended, but when we truly do so that same verse says I do not offend men… what we invite is a conviction within them. They may seem to lash out at us and our choice, but the offense is not our lifestyle, the Bible declares it is their rejection of the conviction of God. Just like Paul, we believe everything that is written, and are doing our best to live the same. We’ll never win anyone with compromise… that is an offense against God. So just let our light shine that it may dispel the darkness around those we love! In Jesus name!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    Felix heard Paul when it was convenient for him. Many people are believers of convenience instead of relationship. We must pray for new believers to move from desiring God in their convenient moments to desiring Him to be apart of every moment.

  12. iLove the Kingdom
    (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.

    Wow, even the great Apostle Paul was unable to “convert” Felix. Felix liked to talk about Jesus, and Felix enjoyed HBS…and Felix even responded to the Word by trembling, yet Felix wasn’t ready to make the commitment.

    I’ve heard the saying that for breakfast the chicken was “involved” by giving the eggs for us to eat, but the pig was committed by giving us the bacon. Well, that might be true in your house, but in mine the pig is protected and the chicken gave her future offspring plus she became a Chick-fil-a sandwich.

    All that means is simply whether your a pig or a chicken, sell out for Jesus and try to win folks even if they reject you and try to bribe you. 🙂

  13. Acts 24
    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. Acts 24:24-27 (amp)
    24) Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus.
    25) But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control (honorable behavior, personal integrity), and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, Go away for now, and when I find (a convenient) time I will send for you.
    26) At the same time he was also hoping to get money from Paul (as a bribe); so he continued to send for him quite often and talked with him.
    27) But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded (in office) by Porcius Festus; and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.

    “A Convenient Time”
    For 2 years, Felix sent for Paul quite often and talked with him. Obviously, Felix’s “convenient time” to be saved never came.

    No time is more “convenient” than the time right now to be saved.
    2 Cor. 6:2, “… behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

  15. The fruit of the flesh is corruption!
    The fruit of the spirit is righteousness, and
    Those two cannot Mix each other.
    Pastor says something Last night in his teaching;
    When we have a hard time serving in Kingdom of God is becase we are in between the flesh and the Spirit. The result is frustration, discouragement, and guilt.

  16. 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 God calls, we should answer. Felix only robbed himself of the opportunity to know and be blessed of God. Regardless of the season of life you’re in, answer the call!

  17. “But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a cult. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets. I have the same hope in God that these men have, that he will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous. Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.
    Acts of the Apostles 24:14‭-‬16 NLT

    That thing about now and then people refuse to hear the truth the push people away many people accuse Peter for doing things that he didn’t do because they didn’t want to hear the truth

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    Here Felix is hoping for earthly treasures, not even knowing the abundance of spiritual treasures Paul could give. So in a two year span when he could have received more than he ever imagined, he communed with Paul ever seeking after the things of this world, and so lost a great promise and opportunity.

  20. Acts 24
    24-26 A few days later Felix and his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, sent for Paul and listened to him talk about a life of believing in Jesus Christ. As Paul continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming Judgment, Felix felt things getting a little too close for comfort and dismissed him. “That’s enough for today. I’ll call you back when it’s convenient.” At the same time he was secretly hoping that Paul would offer him a substantial bribe. These conversations were repeated frequently.

    So Close but not Close Enough
    Lord I pray for those in high places to hear and receive Your Word. Don’t let them be like Felix and Felix wife . I pray that offficials will begin to see
    and know truth in Jesus name. For the Kingdom.

  21. 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.

    Two years he heard Paul teach and was never moved to follow Jesus. His mind might have been on his own gain…money received to see Paul set free. He sowed to his flesh only.

  22. 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.

    This set of scripture brings to mind the exact same accusations of the church today. It appears that without a reverence of God and the things of God, The world is trying it’s very best to disprove the word of God and trying to change a nation’s mindset by trying to convince the those that are nonbelievers that its the church trying to persecute them.

    But in reality the church is coming under attack. By the old saying it will get worse before it gets better. When every man or woman will ultimately stand before God in judgement- I long to hear well done my good and faithful servant enter in and many are going to hear depart from me thy worker of iniquity for I know you not.

    Just remember host fast to your faith and we will be protected from those that try to destroy us. Just like Paul stood accused.

  23. THY KINGDOM COME
    TRUTH

    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.

    Accusation is a process that the church and church leaders will encounter until JESUS returns. We learn from Paul, knowing his eventual fate to always speak TRUTH.

    TRUTH will always open the door to TESTIMONY. The apostle proclaimed his FAITH, FUTURE and FORTUNE.

    His FAITH is in JESUS and judgement.

    His FUTURE is in JESUS and resurrection power.

    His FORTUNE is in JESUS and living a HOLY life, emotionally and physically. (Void of offense)

    We are wise to always speak TRUTH even if TRUTH places us in an unfavorable position and there is no one to stand or speak with and for us.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  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.

    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.

    In the midst of what we would consider a great trial in Paul’s life, being imprisioned for teaching the gospel, God still allowed him to witness and be a light to influential people. Never take the test or trial you’re going through for granted. It may be to test you and your faith, or it may be to position you for someone else to be tested. God sees the master plan and knows what He is doing. We must have the faith and trust Him even when we don’t know what He’s doing.

  25. 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.

    Many people today think with this mentality. They hear God calling them, but not yet ready to surrender their lives, they reject God by delying what He has for them. But in these last days, there is no time to delay the plans of God.

    If we insist on waiting for a “convenient time”, we will be waiting for eternity.

    “(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 Corinthians‬ ‭6:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  26. 22 At that point Felix, who was quite familiar with the way, adjourned the hearing and said, “Wait until Lysias, the garrison commander, arrives. Then I will decide the case.”

    How do you become familiar with something?

    familiar adjective
    fa·mil·iar | \fə-ˈmil-yər \
    Definition of familiar
    1: closely acquainted: INTIMATE

    Last night in MOTION class, we discussed how we spend our time. And as you know the more you spend your time with something the more you become familiar with it.

    Felix was familiar with the “way”, but as we continue reading he wasn’t familiar The Way, The Truth, and The Light, he was familiar with the “way” of his job.

    Are we more familiar with our job than The Creator?
    What are you spending your time on?

  27. And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
    Acts 24:24‭-‬25 NKJV
    https://bible.com/bible/114/act.24.24-25.NKJV

    Here is an idea on how to witness to people. What to talk about sometimes we think to ourselves. Righteousness, sef-control and judgment to come. It’s all in the Word. And it all can be used to edify

  28. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:16 KJV

    What an awesome testimony Paul had of a clean conscience toward God and no offenses toward man. The Jews brought a great speaker to condemn Paul but he was no match for an anointed man of God!

  29. 10Then 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.

    Where are your accusers?

    What are people accusing you of? Are the saying that you down and out, or maybe they are saying that you won’t amount to anything. Are they accusing you of being a bible thumper, or crazy christian? No matter what your accusers are saying about you. Know that God is on your side. Know that if God is for you, who then can be against you? No matter what people say about you, you are a child of God.

  30. 14“But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a cult. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets.

    We all be ready to admit that we follow the Way. The way of the Lord and not be ashamed of it. We can’t be intimidated by what others might say, and tell others about Jesus.

  31. 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.

    Paul knew just how to respond to his accusers, I don’t believe because he was prepared but because God had prepared him for that moment and God gave him the wisdom to know what to say in front of these people. God knows how to bring us through any situation.

  32. 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.
    Acts 24:26‭-‬27 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/act.24.26-27.KJV

    Prime example of how things of the world corrupt men. He expected Paul to pay for his freedom, but of course that didn’t happen. Then when the Jews came; he showed them that Paul was still in bondage. This is how it is today: show me the money or your bonds will never be loosed. People are so driven of the things of this world that they forget who provides it for them. Father let me not be a chaser of the things of this world, but a chaser of the things of Your Kingdom. Free me of the bonds of the world.

    My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
    1 John 2:1‭-‬6 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/1jn.2.1-6.KJV

  33. 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.

    Often times the truth makes people uncomfortable. The truth will set you free. Seek first the kingdom of God.

  34. 14 But I confess this to you, that according to the Way, which they call a [divisive and heretical] sect, I do worship and serve the God of our fathers, [confidently] believing everything that is in accordance with the Law [of Moses] and that is written in the Prophets; 15 having [the same] hope in God which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of [the dead], both of the righteous and of the wicked.

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