Paul is brought before the Roman governor Felix (v 2).
Felix hears Paul's case, but won't make a decision. Paul remains a prisoner for two years till Felix is replaced by Festus.
1. How does Paul summarise to Felix what he was doing?
v 13 and 14 But this I confess to you, that after the Way, which they call a sect, so I serve the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets; having hope towards God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
2. What was it that Paul thought the council had against him?
v 20 unless it is for this one thing that I cried standing amongst them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged before you today!’ ”
3. What did Paul reason with Felix about?
v 24 As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come, Felix was terrified, ...
Note that from v 7, WEBBE verse numbers are one behind most other versions.
- v 1 to 8 (1 to 9 most versions) Five days later, after arriving at Caesarea from Jerusalem (ch. 23), the Jews accuse Paul in Felix’s court. They accuse him of causing trouble and profaning the temple
- v 9 to 21 (10 to 22 most other versions) Paul refutes the charges, citing witnesses, claiming to be guilty only of believing what is written in the Old Testament. He mentions several first-century Christian beliefs
- v 22 to 26 (23 to 27 most other versions) Felix has further meetings with Paul, who is held in custody for 2 years. Paul disturbs Felix by talking about right living and judgement to come