KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 24:25 ” And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.”
Paul had a personal audience with Governor Felix. He wanted to know more about the Christian faith.
Apostle Paul who was an ever ready vessel gave him very good answers. He fulfilled the scripture in 1 Peter 3:15, that says “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Paul an experienced presenter of the gospel knew what he had to tell this man of influence. He majored on three areas.
2.Temperance or self-control
3.The judgement to come.
Most people of influence are normally careless about their morals. Righteousness. which is a gift from God gives them a door to come out of their lousy lifestyle. With the gift of righteousness, a man must live right.
He also talked about self-control. This part hits the nail on the head by revealing the real life of that individual to him or her. Self-control deals with the act of disciplining oneself to do what is required. In the case of most influential people they lack self-control. The powers they have drives them to satisfy their appetites with ease. One major sin of such people is immorality
Finally, he talked about the future judgement. After showing the man his shortcomings, he takes him to God’s ultimate judgement for all mankind. 2 Corinthians 5:10 ” For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
He reveals to him how this judgement would be. He would judge in absolute righteousness. Revelations 19:11 ” And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. “All those without Christ shall be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14 ” And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
Governor Felix trembled at hearing this but did not yield to the truth. Do not be like governor Felix if you have not yielded to Christ.
We can all learn some. clues from Paul’s presentation, about how to speak to men of influence.
Father, I pray for divine wisdom to always have the right message for whosoever I encounter.May the Holy Spirit work on the hearts of my enquirers to receive His word.
2 Timothy 4:2 ” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
1 Peter 3:15 ” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”