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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Acts 24

Verses 1-27

Tertullus, who appeared here, was a Roman barrister, it being necessary for the Jews to employ such in presenting their cases before a Roman tribunal. The charges he made were palpably false. His description of Paul as a "pestilent fellow" had no justification whatever. The chief charge was that he was "a mover of insurrections." The baselessness of this charge also is apparent, but the subtlety of it is clear. The only charge which could be substantiated was that Paul was "a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes."

Paul's defense is a splendid illustration of the strength and dignity of one who is conscious that he has nothing to hide. His address to Felix was courteous, courageous, and clear. With quiet scorn he denied the charges preferred against him except the one, for he freely confessed that he was "of the Way, which," and there is an evident touch of irony in his words, "they call a sect."

The sequel is full of interest. The decision of Felix was favorable to Paul, who was committed to an indulgent imprisonment, and so protected from his enemies. Felix's subsequent action was prompted by mixed motives, and resulted in his arraignment of Paul before himself and Drusilla, who was the daughter of Herod, who had slain James and was herself a wanton. Paul's reasoning here was characterized by such faithfulness and force as to produce terror in the mind of Felix. Paul remained for two years at Caesarea. Then Felix being recalled he left Paul in bonds.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Acts 24". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.