“But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:” — Acts 24:14
The pressure is on Paul. He is now standing before the governor alone. The Jewish leaders and their high-powered lawyer are there, accusing him of riot, sedition, and heresy. The governor has every reason to take the side of the Jewish leaders.
As Paul speaks, He points out that there is no proof of their arguments, but the real focus of His message is on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a way that his enemies called heresy.
Paul understood that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most controversial beliefs in the history of the world. It is a belief that makes the religious person and the pagan very uncomfortable. The implications of a resurrected Jesus are just too significant!
And yet, that is what we who are saved believe as well. So, we should not be surprised when our beliefs are classed as dangerous, divisive, and unacceptable. We should not grow angry with those who do not understand. We should simply acknowledge the reality of the gospel and pray for God to open people’s eyes, as God almost opened the governor’s eyes (Acts 24:25).