I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the in just. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. (Acts 24:15-16)
And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call you.” (vv 24-25)
Paul, a man aware of his sinful nature, aware of his need for his Savior, aware of the resurrection of the just and unjust, lived a life aware of his behavior. He made a conscience effort to behave in a way the was not of offense to God or man.
Why? Because he knew he would stand before his Creator one day and give account for his life. He served the holy God, so wanted to live a holy life.
Felix on the other hand, though he had some knowledge of the Way, though he was curios and had questions about righteous living, self-control, and the resurrection of the dead, he responded with fear and delay. He sent Paul away until a more convenient time — a time which never came.
What is the difference between these two men. Why did one choose to embrace Christ and the resurrection of the dead and the other choose to ignore the truth?
I think the simple answer is this: hope. Paul had hope in God. He had confident assurance that the God who promised a Savior and redemption from sin had followed through. He had hope that Jesus was returning for His bride.
Knowing Christ is coming back should change the way we live. It should change the way we interact with the people around us. It should change the way we interact with the Holy Spirit. Knowing He is returning and we will stand before the Father should leads us to live a holy life of loving others and worshiping God.
“…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
How do you react to the thought of the resurrection of the dead? Do you believe it will happen? Are you excited about that day? Or are you fearful? How does your relationship with Christ affect your anticipation of this day?
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“Knowing Christ is coming back should change the way we live. It should change the way we interact with the people around us. It should change the way we interact with the Holy Spirit.” Amen, Kelli!
I can’t imagine living without hope. Hope in the daily, for sure, but hope in eternity especially. Praise God for the gift and comfort of hope. I’m not necessarily afraid, but more-so curious–wondering what that day will be like. 🙂 ((xoxo))