But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 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." At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul imprisoned. (Acts 24:24-27 NASB)
Felix, the governor, was quite the character. Married to a Jewish woman would make him sympathetic to the Jews. Being a person of Roman authority would tend to make him arrogant and greedy. He would often use his authority to force people into bribery for his own personal gain. He wasn't a righteous man.
God was using Paul to preach the gospel, even to the Roman officials. Isn't it just wonderful how our Lord cares about all souls, even those who reject Him. Governor Felix was presented the gospel and it apparently got him under conviction of his sin. He did not respond with acceptance. Only God knows whether he came to accept Jesus later. Heaven will tell.
What about you? Where do you stand with acceptance or rejection of the Lamb of God? He awaits your response!
Rev. Curtis Norris