Acts 24:25 – 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.
Read our Text for Today once more. Felix trembled. He was so shaken by the words of Paul that he sent him away until it was convenient for him to hear Paul again. I don’t know if that time ever came, but of this you can be assured. He had received a witness. Paul reasoned of three things; righteousness, temperance, and judgment. While we must at all times be led by Holy Spirit, especially in matters of witness, we can learn a great deal from Paul’s approach to Felix, a man in high position. Paul’s approach was not social, comfortable, entertainment, or seeker-sensitive. It was Biblical. It was the “foolishness” of the preaching of the Gospel. And he spoke on three elements; righteousness, temperance, and judgment.
Righteousness is perhaps defined in the simplest of terms as right standing with God. But we shall look more deeply at this glorious truth of God’s Word. Temperance is thought of as self-control, or continence, but there is much more to that word when we consider passages such as Proverbs 27:17 – “iron sharpens iron.” That word, too, need a deeper examination. Then we shall look at judgment. It is a word we typically connect with going to law to make a decision against crime of some kind. That, too, is a word we need to examine for deeper understanding. And examine it, we shall.
But look first at the word “reasoned.” According to Strong’s Concordance, it means “to say thoroughly, that is, discuss (in argument or exhortation): – dispute, preach (unto), reason (with), speak.” God calls us to come and reason together with Him. Think of that. God is calling all people to come and reason with Him. And when He did, look at the subject of that reasoning. He said, “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” That is the very thing about which Paul was reasoning with Felix. He was reasoning with him for his soul. While we do not know all the words Paul spoke to Felix, since he (Paul) was certainly a scholar of the prophets, I am sure he reasoned from a purely Biblical perspective. We have the world around us. They need Jesus. We have the Word of life. We can reason with them, but will we reason Biblically. Use all the tools you will. If the words you speak do not reason Biblically, there is no power in your mouth to same. Let us never forget Romans 1:16.
Manna for Today – Acts 24:22-27; Isaiah 1:18-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 21, & 30; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Isaiah 32:17