Chapter 24:22 But Felix, having a more exact knowledge about the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias as the commander comes down, I will decide your case.”
Chapter 24:23 Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be kept in custody and yet have some freedom and not to prevent any of his friends from ministering to him.
Chapter 24:24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.
Chapter 24:25 But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.”
Chapter 24:26 At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given to him by Paul: therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him.
Chapter 24:27 But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned.
In verse 22, Felix put off the decision about Paul by professing that because Lysias was not there, he did not have enough evidence about the case. However, we see in this verse that it states that Felix had a more exact knowledge of the Way. Paul was ordered to be put into custody but this was some kind of loose military confinement which allowed him to see his friends and have them minister to him.
In verses 24-25, Paul lays out the three points to Felix and we see that Felix and Drusilla avoid making a spiritual decision. These three points made in verse 25 were righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come. We are not certain how Paul made these points to Felix and Drusilla but surely he spoke to them about the righteousness that is ours in Jesus Christ, self-control, which this couple did not have as Drusilla was the third wife of Felix and had been stolen away by him from her prior husband. The third and final point was that there was eternal judgment to come. Wasn’t Paul bold to make these point to Felix and Drusilla seeing that he was under confinement by Felix?
We see that Felix was afraid and by sending Paul away he was putting off the spiritual decision that he needed to make by rejecting Jesus Christ. How many times in our lives have we seen this take place? It may have happened in our own lives. We or others that we know say I will do it later. Jesus Christ may come in the next moment and it will be too late. I will always wonder what became of Felix and Drusilla later in their lives. Did they continue to reject Jesus Christ or accept Him as their savior?
Finally, Felix makes a decision to appease the Jews by leaving Paul imprisoned while he was replaced by Porcius Festus, who became Felix’s successor around 58 A.D. It is important to remember here that as a Roman magistrate a case could be decided whenever the magistrate felt like it, which sometimes meant very long delays as was the case here. Lord, help me to be bold like Paul in sharing you with others and to live in a manner where you get the glory from my life!!!