Scripture: Acts 24:25
As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. “Go away for now,” he replied. “When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.”
Christians shouldn’t be afraid of reason. We shouldn’t shy away from having discussions about what we believe. Paul talked to Felix about three things: righteousness, self-control, and the coming day of judgment.
Righteousness – How we become right before God
Self-control – how we live our personal lives
Judgment day – standing before God one day to give an account on how we lived
So, Paul shows Felix how we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (righteousness). But that grace doesn’t give us license to sin and live however we desire (self-control). And one day we must give an account of how we lived here on this earth (judgment day).
Its a very interesting progression of thought that Paul discusses with Felix. So much so, that Felix holds Paul for two years to discuss more with him.
How often do people in my life want to continue discussing the truths about Christ and the deep things in this life? Not very often. I wonder if we have made the Christian principles too tame and boring? Have we taken the mystery and thunder out of our theology? Why is it not as engaging as what we see here in Acts 24?