God's Word for Today Acts 24

January 4, 2012

 
 

Since Felix understands the customs of the Jews, Paul tells him that he went up to Jerusalem to worship according to their custom. Paul explains that he had gone up to Jerusalem only 12 days ago, not to revolt but to worship.  He explained that he did not cause any riots but rather to bring an offering.  Paul did agree with the charge against Him of being a Christian, a follower of the Way and said it is not a heresy but is following the God of our fathers.    Paul then turned to the real cause of the disturbance in Jerusalem; it was some Jews from Asia, probably Ephesus, who were now not present to bring any charges against Paul.   The central issue was in verse 15 where Paul speaks of his belief in the resurrection.  Many of the Jews did not believe in the resurrection from the dead.  They didn’t believe Jesus came alive again and that we can have eternal life in Him.  Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised again on the third day. Governor Felix had been hearing about "the way"; he knew the death and resurrection of Christ was being preached. Paul was the man who could tell him all about it. He didn’t make a decision about Paul’s innocence or guilt, but wanted to have another hearing with Paul about this matter. He told the Jews he would wait until Lysias could come down, and then he could get the real story about what had happened to Paul.

I think Felix would have liked to have made a decision for Christ. But he didn't make that decision. Felix thought he would listen to the Gospel when it was more convenient.  No one should put off a decision for Christ.  Many have delayed a decision to believe in Jesus and never end up believing in Him.  II 2 โครินธ์ Corinthians 6:2 2For he says,“In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

2เพราะพระองค์ตรัสว่า    ในเวลาอันชอบเราได้ฟังเจ้า   ในวันแห่งความรอดเราได้ช่วยเจ้า   นี่แน่ะ   บัดนี้เป็นเวลาอันชอบ   นี่แน่ะ   บัดนี้เป็นวันแห่งความรอด

Hebrews ฮีบรู 3:15 15As it is said,“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

15เมื่อมีคำกล่าวไว้ว่า   วันนี้ถ้าท่านทั้งหลายจะฟังพระสุรเสียงของพระองค์   อย่าให้จิตใจของท่านดื้อรั้นอย่างในครั้งกบฏนั้น  

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