Paul's Sermon before Felix
Charles H. Spurgeon
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 (Acts 24:25).
The power of the Gospel appears in marvelous grandeur when we see its hold upon hearts devoted to it, when subjected to trouble, persecution, and sorrow. How mighty must that Gospel be which, when it gained an entrance into the heart of Paul, could never be driven out of it! For it he suffered the loss of all things, and as for them, he counted them but dung that he might win Christ. To spread the truth, he encountered hardships, shipwrecks, perils on the land, and perils by sea. But none of these things moved him, neither did he count his life dear to him, that he might win Christ and be found in Him. Persecution followed persecution. By the Jews was he beaten with rods; he was dragged from one tribunal to another. Scarce in any city did he find anything but bonds and imprisonment awaiting him. Attacked in his own country, he is accused at Jerusalem and arraigned at Cesarea. He is taken from one tribunal to another to be tried for his life.
But mark how he always maintains the prominent passion of his soul. Put him where you may, he seems to be like John Bunyan who says, "If you let me out of prison today, I will preach the Gospel again tomorrow by the grace of God." No, more than that, he preached it in prison and before his judges he proclaimed it. Standing up before the Sanhedrim, he cries, "Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question" (Acts 24:21). When brought to stand before Agrippa, he tells out his conversion and so sweetly speaks of the grace of God that the king himself cries, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian" (26:28). Here in our text, when he stands before the Roman procurator to be tried for life or death, instead of entering into a defense of himself, he reasons "of righteo ...
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