New Defender's Study Bible Notes
24:2 began to accuse him. This is mere political puffery; the “great quietness” was a cruelly enforced quietness and the “worthy deeds” included such bloody suppression that Felix was soon to be in serious danger of punishment by Rome for his brutal rule.
24:5 sect of the Nazarenes. This is the only place in the Bible where Christians are called Nazarenes, no doubt to capitalize on the common prejudicial proverb: “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). In fact, the charges presented by Tertullus were intentionally loaded with prejudicial language—“pestilent,” “sedition,” “ringleader,” “sect,” “profane”—intended obviously to prejudice Felix against Paul.
24:13 Neither can they prove. Paul’s factual answer, and the contrasting emotional diatribes of his opponents, seems typical of modern controversies between creationists and evolutionists, as well as between Christians and anti-Christians in general. The facts of the case completely supported Paul, and Felix would have released him, except Felix hoped to receive a bribe from Paul (Acts 24:26) and he desired to appease the Jewish leaders (Acts 24:27). Similarly today, the facts always support the Biblical creationist Christian worldview, but financial and political considerations generally favor its opponents. Paul was not guilty of any of their charges or of anything else except believing and teaching the truth of God’s Word.
24:15 resurrection of the dead. Paul frequently wrote and preached on the coming resurrection of the “just,” but rarely mentioned the resurrection of the “unjust,” or “unjustified.” His reference to it here (confirming the Old Testament prophecy of Daniel 12:2), particularly since he immediately asserted his own clear conscience (Acts 24:16), may well have pricked the consciences of both Felix and Paul’s Sadducean accusers, none of whom could have looked forward to any such event if it were true.
24:24 Drusilla. Drusilla, the third wife of Felix, was very young. As the youngest daughter of Herod, Agrippa I, she no doubt was at least somewhat informed concerning her father’s persecution of the Jerusalem church (Acts 12:1) and may well have been even more curious than Felix about the Christian faith.
24:25 Felix trembled. Felix evidently was under “terrified” conviction as he listened to Paul. “Righteousness, temperance and judgment” were not only being expounded to him by Paul, but also by the Holy Spirit (note John 16:8-11).
24:25 convenient season. This “convenient season” never came. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).
24:27 after two years. Luke had been with Paul in Jerusalem and again joined him as he was sent to Rome (note the “we” in Acts 21:15 and 27:1). He probably used the two years of Paul’s imprisonment in Caesarea to do the research for writing his gospel and the early chapters of Acts.