After Felix rejects the Gospel, Paul stands trial before his successor, Festus, the new Governor of Caesarea. As a favor to the Jews, Festus wanted to send Paul to Jerusalem to be tried, but Paul appealed to Caesar in Rome.

From this account, we see the world’s continuing hatred of Christ and of Christians when they are faithful to declare the Gospel. We also see God’s protection of His flock by the civil authority that He has put in place. If Paul had not been able to appeal to Ceasar, he almost certainly would have been put to death unjustly.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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