Once again Paul is calmly stating the facts against his false accusers. He stresses “there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked” (v.15). Felix likes to listen to Paul, probably hoping for a bribe. He’s a willing audience until Paul starts stepping on his toes. When the subjects of righteousness, self-control and the coming judgment come up, Felix suddenly has better things to do.
Take care not to listen to God just when it’s convenient. Or stop fellowship if someone steps on your toes. Proverbs 27:17 tells us “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” God wants us in fellowship for a reason.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- Have you ever been in a “bad situation” (before your accusers or in custody for two years or something else) that was an opportunity to share about Jesus and a coming resurrection for the righteous and wicked? (Hint: the answer is yes) Did you seize the opportunity? How could you see the opportunity and be bold to do so next time?
- Are you easily offended or avoid further contact when your toes are stepped on? What is a healthy attitude to take?