Thursday, February 12, 2015

Words of Comfort: Felix trembled.


There were some in John Wesley’s day who refused to preach the Law (the ten Commandments) to bring the knowledge of sin. They justified their method by saying that they preached “Christ and Him crucified.” So Wesley points to Paul’s method of preaching Christ crucified:
“. . . when Felix sent for Paul, on purpose that he might ‘hear him concerning the faith in Christ;’ instead of preaching Christ in your sense (which would probably have caused the Governor, either to mock or to contradict and blaspheme,) ‘he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,’ till Felix (hardened as he was) ‘trembled,’ (Acts 24:24,25). Go thou and tread in his steps. Preach Christ to the careless sinner, by reasoning ‘of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come!’”

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