by Pastor Ayo Sparks
While Paul was discussing RIGHTEOUSNESS, SELF-CONTROL, AND THE COMING JUDGMENT, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, I will send for you.”
Acts 24:25 NET
Paul had been intentional about his words from the inception of his trial. As a good lawyer he laid down his thoughts spread bare so much so that the simple can understand. In the opening verses, Ananias brought in another super lawyer Tertullus but he still was no match for Paul. I’d like to say at this juncture;
That we are Christians isn’t a valid reason that we suspend our brains. Despite Paul’s busy-ness as regards the gospel, he still maintained his excellence and skill. It’s important that we should be people of excellence, if we need to learn more skill and upgrade ourselves, please let’s do. Being like that, we’d be able to reach all manner of people for the Lord.
So, here, Paul was right there in the presence of Felix who had the human power to release him or execute him yet he chose to discuss a three in one issue. If I was the one, I probably will discuss the grace and mercy of God and how we should also be graceful to others. So that maybe Festus could set me free but Paul discussed Righteousness, Self-Control and Coming Judgement. Despite in chains, Paul preached the whole Gospel.
Righteousness is a Gift…
Self-Control is what we exhibit…
Coming judgment is what we expect…
As believers are we expecting judgement? Of course we are… But we know the outcome. The word judgement as opposed what we have heard in Christendom so far is not “all that” a bad word. It simply means decision.
While we know that the decision God makes on the unbeliever would lead to eternal damnation, the decision God makes on us will lead to eternal jollification. As believers, we “tanda gidigba” for the matter “sey”, when Christ go show face, we and am go resemble. | 1 John 3:2