Acts 24



Acts 24 depicts the legal proceedings against Paul before Felix, where Paul defends himself against false accusations. Despite Felix's familiarity with Christianity, the case is postponed, and Paul remains in custody for an extended period. The narrative highlights the complexities of the legal challenges faced by early Christians in their mission.


  1. Accusations before Felix (Acts 24:1-9): The high priest Ananias and a group of elders bring charges against Paul before Felix, accusing him of being a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews worldwide, and being a ringleader of the Nazarene sect. They claim that he even tried to desecrate the temple.
  2. Paul's Defense (Acts 24:10-21): When allowed to defend himself, Paul acknowledges that he went to Jerusalem to worship and that no one found him disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd. He asserts that the accusations against him are false. He states that he adheres to the Way, believing everything written in the Law and the Prophets, and he has hope in the resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous.
  3. Felix Postpones the Case (Acts 24:22-27): Felix, familiar with the Way, adjourns the proceedings, saying he will make a decision after Lysias the commander arrives. In the meantime, he allows Paul some freedom and permits his friends to attend to his needs. Felix and his wife Drusilla, a Jewess, hear Paul speak about faith in Christ, righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment. However, Felix, hoping for a bribe, keeps Paul in custody for two years without rendering a verdict.