Acts 24: Paul the Troublemaker and Long-Suffering Apologist

Originally posted by Pastor Flamme

(27 verses, 2:44 to read)

LISTEN & READ

What I am about to READ

  • Paul preaches to Felix from prison for two years.

MARK

  • Paul is presented before Felix and accused (1-9).
  • Paul’s Apology (10-21).
  • Paul preaches to Felix for two years (22-27).

LEARN

  • “For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” (5). Christians have a strange reputation in the eyes of the world. They upset the peace by speaking dangerous words. What’s the verdict? Of course, the Jews demanded Paul’s life. It’s a strange reputation, especially since Jesus commands none of his flock to take up weapons to fight for his Kingdom of Grace. But remember the powers and principalities who pretend to rule this world. God’s speech is a threat to them. It undoes their warping and corruption of creation. It restores life from death. The demons can’t stand this, so they attack and rage against Christians by putting them in chains and throwing one accusation after the next against them. No matter. Despite the chains, the Lord Jesus worked through his Word as Paul preached to Felix’ gentile court.
  • During Paul’s apology, he mentioned the importance of having a good conscience before both God and man. The good conscience before God is every Christians’ possession by faith in Christ. The good conscience before men comes with confidence in the good works that you do according to your vocation.
  • Paul is patient. That’s an understatement. Though it seems like God had forgotten about Paul, the Apostle remained faithful, trusting that the Lord’s Word was doing its work even though he preached to the same small congregation of sinners for two years. The Lord grant us the same faithfulness to our vocations when they don’t measure up with worldly benchmarks for success.

MEDITATE

  • Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant me patience in my vocation that I may do the works set before me and so gain a good conscience before men. Amen.

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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme

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