Acts 25 Outline
– Festus arrived in Jerusalem and the Jews brought the case against Paul to him (Acts 25:1-2)
– The Jews requested for Paul to be transferred to Jerusalem (Acts 25:3)
– Festus refused to grant the Jews’ request and he asked them to brought the charges against Paul at Caesarea instead since he is going there (Acts 25:4-5)
– The Jews accused Paul at Caesarea (Acts 25:6-7)
– Paul denied the Jews’ claims and said he appealed to Emperor Caesar (Acts 25:8)
– Festus asked Paul whether he want to go to Jerusalem (Acts 25:9)
– Paul refused to stand trial in Jerusalem (Acts 25:10-11)
– Festus decided to let Paul appeal to Emperor Caesar after conferring with the council (Acts 25:12)
– Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to pay tribute to the emperor (Acts 25:13)
– Festus mentioned Paul case to Agrippa (Acts 25:14-21)
– Agrippa decided to hear Paul case (Acts 25:22)
– Paul stood trial before Agrippa on the following day (Acts 25:23-27)
Acts 25 Summary
After Festus had arrived in Jerusalem, the chief priests and Jewish leaders brought their charges against Paul to him. They asked Festus to transfer Paul from Caesarea to Jerusalem because they plan to ambush and kill him. Festus refused to grant their request. Instead, he asked them to go to Caesarea to bring the charges against Paul since he planned to go there later. After 8 ‘“ 10 days with the Jews, Festus traveled to Caesarea.
On the next day of his arrival at Caesarea, the Jews brought the charges against Paul but Paul defended himself by saying he did not commit any crime against the Jewish law, temple or Caesar. Festus wanted to do a favor for the Jews so he asked Paul whether he want to stand trial in Jerusalem. Paul replied that he would be willing to die if he had done something wrong but he didn’t so he wanted his case to be presented before Emperor Caesar. After Festus and the council had a discussion, they agreed to grant Paul request to appeal to Caesar.
After a few days, King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to pay tribute to Festus. Festus brought up the case to King Agrippa and King Agrippa decided to hear his case. On the following day, King Agrippa and his wife, Bernice came to the audience room with great pomp to hear the case. Many high ranking military officers and prominent men were present. Festus said that he felt Paul should not be charged because there is nothing he done wrong against the law that he deserve death.
Acts 25 Bible Study
1. Showing impartiality is a sin
In Acts 25:9, wanting to grant the Jews a favor, Festus asked Paul whether he wanted to stand trial in Jerusalem. The Jews wanted to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem because they planned to ambush and kill him. Showing impartiality is a sin. We must be far to everyone regardless of race, gender, background, and etc. In Galatians 3:28, there is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female because we are one in Jesus Christ. God is fair and he does not show impartiality (Romans 2:11; Acts 10:34). All the commandments of God in the bible sum up to love one another as much as you love yourself. If you love others as much as you love yourself, you will not show impartiality (Matthew 22:36-40). We should do to others all things that we want others to do to us (Matthew 7:12).
2. Never be ashamed of testifying for Jesus Christ
It was part of God’s plan for Paul to become arrested. In Acts 23:11, God encouraged Paul to boldly testify for the gospel at Rome. God knew Paul would go to Rome to stand trial eventually. During his arrest, Paul testified Jesus Christ to the people. He boldly preached the gospel to the governors including Felix, Festus and Agrippa. We should never be ashamed of testify for Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:8). In Romans 1:16, Paul said he is not ashamed of the gospel because it represents God’s power, salvation for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, first for the Jews and then to the Gentiles. In 2 Timothy 2:3, Paul urged Timothy to endure hardship with them like a good soldier in Jesus Christ. In 2 Timothy 4:5, Paul exhorted Timothy to endure hardship, do the work of the evangelist and carry out all his ministerial duties.