Acts 24:25 Now as he (Paul) 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.” CSB
Paul had been arrested for preaching the gospel; yet he did not allow his difficult circumstances to cause him to become silent. Even while in prison, Paul continued to appeal to men to be saved. As he stood before a Roman official named Felix, Paul boldly proclaimed man’s need for salvation. Consider these three important parts of Paul’s message:
1) Paul Spoke of God’s Righteousness
The Law of God was not given in order to make man righteous, but rather to reveal the fact that he was unrighteous. We read from Romans 3:23 ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ As Paul spoke of God’s righteousness, it reminded Felix of his own unrighteousness.
2) Paul Spoke of Our Sinfulness
No doubt Felix’s lifestyle was one filled with drunkenness, corruption and immoral living. Drusilla was his third wife who had recently divorced her husband in order to marry Felix. Much like John the Baptist’s preaching before Herod Antipas, Paul’s words concerning Felix’s adultery cut deep into his wicked heart. Felix was a man out of control.
3) Paul Spoke of God’s Coming Day of Judgment
The Bible says – “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31) Paul reminded Felix that a day of judgment was coming. Only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ could Felix be saved.
How wonderful it would be if at this point we could read of Felix’s conversion; yet rather than turning to God and finding forgiveness, Felix turned away from God and put his decision off until a ‘more convenient season.’ Yet, as far as we know, the more convenient season never occurred and Felix never received Christ as his Savior. Felix died in his sins and is suffering in torment at this very moment.
The Bible says – “In an acceptable time, I heard you, and in the day of salvation, I helped you. Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2 CSB) There will never be a better time to be saved than at this present moment. If you need help in your relationship with God, please contact me at:
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