“And he even tried to desecrate the temple; and then we arrested him. [We wanted to judge him according to our own Law.
The Law refers to the Law of Moses, the commandments, ordinances, punishments, and ceremonial observances given to the nation of Israel through Moses (Jos. 8:31, John 1:17). This law is sometimes referred to as the law of commandments (Eph. 2:15) or the law of the Jews (Acts 25:8). See entry for The Law.
having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
The righteous are those who have been made right with God by receiving, through faith, the free gift of righteousness. See entry for Righteousness.
But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.”
Discussing righteousness. Paul preached the gospel that reveals the righteousness of God that comes to us by faith.
Like John who came in the way of righteousness (Matt. 21:32), Paul saw himself as engaged in the ministry of righteousness (2 Cor. 3:9) and a preacher of the word of righteousness (Heb. 5:13). The message of righteousness lies at the heart of the gospel of grace (see entry for Rom. 5:21).
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