Bribes, Corners and the Gospel
Acts 24: 26 “At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.”
Not everyone who wants to talk wants to talk for the reason you think.
Maybe Felix thought that Paul had collected such a large amount of money that he could be bribed within this trial.
Luke records it so how did he know? Paul must have known about the hidden agenda of Felix and later told Luke.
This shows that given an opportunity to share the gospel you should take it even if you know the listener would prefer something else.
We can imagine the suggestive hints, the nods of the head of Felix and winks to Paul, promises and threats. Yet at the same time this steadfast refusal by Paul to give way and to cut a corner, to give some money so that he could be free. When you are free you never have to pay for your freedom. We don’t peddle the gospel for gain. We lose our life for the gospel.