The Meaning of Acts 24:25 Explained

Acts 24:25

KJV: 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.

YLT: and he reasoning concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment that is about to be, Felix, having become afraid, answered, 'For the present be going, and having got time, I will call for thee;'

Darby: And as he reasoned concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment about to come, Felix, being filled with fear, answered, Go for the present, and when I get an opportunity I will send for thee;

ASV: And as he reasoned of righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.

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What does Acts 24:25 Mean?

Study Notes

righteousness (See Scofield " Romans 10:10 ") .
trembled becoming afraid; (Greek - ἔμφοβος , "afraid").

Verse Meaning

Paul"s emphases in his interview with Felix and Drusilla were those things Jesus Christ had promised the Holy Spirit would convict people of to bring them to faith. These things were sin, righteousness, and judgment ( John 16:8-11). Felix and Drusilla were notoriously deficient in all three of these areas. It is not surprising that Felix became uneasy. He apparently was willing to discuss theology but not personal morality and responsibility. These subjects terrified him (Gr. emphobos).
Felix"s decision to postpone making a decision about his relationship to God is a common one. Often people put off this most important decision until they cannot make it. This is probably why most people who make decisions for Christ do so when they are young. Older people normally get harder to the gospel. [1] We do not know if Felix ever did trust Christ; there is no evidence that he did.

Context Summary

Acts 24:17-27 - A Trembling But Venal Judge
The case had broken down. Paul's statement of faith and the absence of confirmatory evidence directly contradicted the only charge against him. Felix dared not hand over Paul as guilty, and he was equally unwilling to offend the high priest's party; so he postponed his decision. In the meantime Paul's custody was not to be severe. His friends might freely see him, and the long hours were doubtless lightened by visits from Luke and Aristarchus, Philip the evangelist, and other members of the local Christian community.
At first the governor was prepossessed in Paul's favor. He had some intimate knowledge concerning the tenets of the early Church, Acts 24:22. He had studied it as an intellectual system, and was interested to have opportunity for conversation with its foremost exponent. But his illicit union with Drusilla, whose husband was living, and his hope to receive a bribe from Paul's friends, made him obtuse and dead to the claims of Christ. Paul, on the other hand, seemed oblivious to any thought of himself or of his dependence on the governor's whim, and used his one opportunity in seeking the salvation of this weak and sordid soul. It was in vain. Felix was anchored to a mudbank and would not avail himself of the rising tides of life about him.

Chapter Summary: Acts 24

1  Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
10  answers for his life and doctrine
24  He preaches Christ to the governor and his wife
26  The governor hopes for a bribe, but in vain
27  Felix, succeeded by Festus, leaves Paul in prison

What do the individual words in Acts 24:25 mean?

Reasoning then he concerning righteousness and self-control the judgment - coming frightened having become - Felix answered For the present being go away opportunity having found I will call for you
διαλεγομένου δὲ αὐτοῦ περὶ δικαιοσύνης καὶ ἐγκρατείας τοῦ κρίματος τοῦ μέλλοντος ἔμφοβος γενόμενος Φῆλιξ ἀπεκρίθη Τὸ νῦν ἔχον πορεύου καιρὸν μεταλαβὼν μετακαλέσομαί σε

What are the major concepts related to Acts 24:25?

Major Themes

Main Subject Matters

Temperance [19]
Felix [14]
Frightening Felix [13]
convenient to me [13]
convenient for me [10]
Paul Speaks Repeatedly to Felix [9]
Judgement to come [9]
Self-control [7]
self control [5]
Reasoned argument [5]
Future Judgment [5]
About righteousness [4]
Begin with selfjudgment [4]
Need of self-control [4]
Dangerous procrastination [4]
Season [4]
Self Judgement [4]
Use self-control [4]
Judgment of Israel's Sin [4]
Delayed Blessings [3]
God's Coming Judgment [3]
Festus Assumes Duties [3]
Fear Of Judgement [3]
procrastination [3]
Convenience [3]
Paul preached on [3]
Felix And Drusilla [2]
Felix In [2]
Urgent business [2]
The Coming Judgement [2]
Startled jailer [2]
sin righteousness judgement [2]
Visage betrays conscience [2]
Hospitable City Official [2]
Sedative at crucifixion [2]
Postponing judgment [2]
self perseverance [2]
Opportunity still stands [2]
Self-judgment [2]
i will call [2]
Imposed control [2]
Hospitable Jailer [2]
Hospitable Galatians [2]
Selfjudgment [2]
God In Control [2]
James's Judgment [2]
More Warnings [2]
More troubles for Paul [2]
Midlife Crisis [2]
Marrying Out Of Convenience [2]
Making The Right Decision [2]
Judgment and hope for the righteous [2]
Fear, Of Future [2]
Delay, Examples Of [2]
Consciences, In Decision Making [2]
Certain Topics [2]
Announcement of Sin and Judgment [2]
Announcement of alarm and peril [2]
Self Righteousness, And The Gospel [2]
Fear Of Future [2]
Extortion Condemned [2]
Exercising Self-Restraint [2]
Escaping Hell [2]
Desperation hunger [2]
Delayed response [2]
Conscience [2]
Certain future judgment [2]
Call for decision [2]
Self Righteousness, Nature Of [2]
Service, Suffering, and Judgment [2]
Accused of self-righteousness [2]
Acting for oneself [2]
Augmenting evil [2]
Bad reasoning [2]

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