Boy, Tertullus lays it on thick, doesn’t he! It reminds me of the saying, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Paul isn’t as effusive, but he does say, “Because I know that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense.” We should probably remember that it’s not a bad idea to treat our governing authorities with respect!
Felix listens to Paul’s defense and says that he’s going to get more information from the commanding officer in Jerusalem. Paul ends up being detained, but he’s not in prison. He is allowed some freedom and has a guard assigned to him. When Felix returns to Caesarea he summons Paul so that he can speak to him. Felix becomes frightened by what Paul says about the coming judgment of God and sends him away. He wants to curry favor with the Jewish leadership so he won’t release Paul, but a comment reveals to us that this is partly because of his own greed. Apparently he wants a bribe!
There is a very important truth here. People don’t like to hear about the judgment of God. Before people understand the good news of the gospel they have to understand the bad news about judgment. Sometimes they may get fearful. Sometimes they may get angry. But if God is working in their hearts, they will repent of their sins and believe!
2 Corinthians 7:10 “For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.“