Things To Consider
- Paul's third missionary journey had come to an end.
- Paul would no longer be a free man in the subsequent narrative of Acts. He would be in chains, but the chains would be unable to prevent him from witnessing to the truth.
- The doctrine of the resurrection divides the religious leaders of the Jews.
- Jesus himself encourages Paul and tells him that he will testify in Rome even though there is a plot to kill him.
- The plot to kill Paul had many involved and they took an oath.
- Paul reaches out to the Gentiles and we see God's sovereign hand at work even in government officials.
- The Jews hire an attorney and try to present Paul as rebellious and a threat to the peace.
- Paul states that the issue is doctrine, specifically over the resurrection.
- Felix was recalled to Rome and replaced with Festus, who was a more gifted leader.
- As a Roman citizen, Paul exercises his right to appeal to Caesar.
- Paul’s statement will answer why Christianity is legal but causes so much division and strife.