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The Governors: Pilate, Felix And Festus

May 20, 2012

Text: 1Co 10:11

 

A. Marcus Antonius Felix - Governor of Judea, Samaria, Galilee, Perea (A.D. 52-59).

  1. Corruption of Felix (Act 23:26-24:27).
    a. His corruption hindered him from acquitting Paul.
    He wanted a bribe from Paul to release him (Act 24:26).
    He was more concerned with pleasing the Jews than to execute justice (Act 24:27).
    b. His corruption hindered him from accepting the gospel.
    Paul preached to him about faith in Christ (Act 24:24).
    Paul preached to him of righteousness (Act 24:25).
    Paul preached to him of self-control (Act 24:25).
    Paul preached to him of judgment to come (Act 24:25).
    However, he was unwilling to change his character to accept the gospel (Act 24:25).

  2. Character of a Christian (2Ti 2:24).
    a. Character is essential in obeying the gospel.
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because they are rebellious (Eze 12:2)
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because they hate the reprove from the word of God (Isa 30:9-11; Joh 3:19-21).
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because they love pleasure more than God (2Ti 3:4,7; 1Jo 2:15-17).
    b. Character is essential in serving the Lord.
    One who would teach others must first teach himself (Mat 7:15; Rom 2:21-23).
    One who would take care of the church must first take care of his house (1Ti 3:5).
    One who would serve must first prove himself worthy (1Ti 3:10).

 

B. Pontius Pilate - Governor of Judea (A.D. 26-36).

  1. Cowardice of Pilate (Mat 27:11-31; Mar 15:1-20; Luk 23:1-25; Joh 18:2819:16).
    a. His cowardice hindered him from acquitting Jesus.
    He was afraid of the consequences of releasing Jesus (Mat 27:24; Joh 19:12).
    He was more concerned with pleasing man than God (Mar 15:15).
    b. His cowardice hindered him from accepting the truth.
    He learnt that Jesus is the King (Joh 18:37).
    He learnt that Jesus is the Christ (Mat 27:17,22).
    He learnt that Jesus is the Son of God (Joh 19:7)
    However, he did not have the courage to seek and stand up for the truth (Joh 18:38). B.

  2. Courage of a Christian (Psa 27:14).
    a. Courage is essential in obeying the gospel.
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because they are afraid of man’s opinion (Joh 5:44; Act 5:29). 
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because they are afraid of being ridiculed by their friends (1Pe 4:4).
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because they are afraid of opposition from their families (Mat 10:34-37).             
    b. Courage is essential in serving the Lord.
    One must not be afraid to reprove false doctrine (Rom 16:17).
    One must not be afraid to rebuke sin (2Ti 4:2).
    One must not be afraid to require discipline (Mat 18:15-17; 2Th 3:6,14).

 

C. Porcius Festus - Governor of Judea, Samaria, Galilee, Perea (A.D. 59-61).

  1. Callousness of Festus (Act 25:1-26:32).
    a. His callousness hindered him from acquitting Paul.
    He was content to pass on the case of Paul to Caesar (Act 25:25).
    He was content to pass on the case of Paul to Herod Agrippa II (Act 25:26).
    b. His callousness hindered him from accepting the gospel.
    Festus learnt that Jesus is both Lord and Christ. (Act 2:36; 26:15,23).
    However, Festus probably believed the words of Paul but was unwilling to make the commitment to become a Christian (Act 26:27-28).

  2. Commitment of a Christian (Rom 12:11).
    a. Commitment is essential in obeying the gospel.
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because following Christ requires constant self-denial (Luk 9:23).
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because following Christ requires constant self-sacrifice (Rom 12:1).
    Some do not want to obey the gospel because following Christ requires constant self-giving (2Co 8:5).  
    b. Commitment is essential in serving the Lord.
    One who is committed will not turn back (Luk 9:62).
    One who is committed will not give excuses (Pro 22:13; 26:13).
    One who is committed will give of his best effort (Ecc 9:10).

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