FELIX, FESTUS AND AGRIPPA
Marcus Antonius Felix was the Roman procurator of Judea from 52-58 AD. He was married to Drusilla, daughter of King Agrippa. He was known to be corrupt and evil. He presided over the first trial of Paul in Caesarea where Paul was escorted under cover of darkness. Famous lawyer Tertullus and other high officials were present to hear Paul who was accused of agitating the Jews everywhere.
Felix sent for Paul from time to time so he and his wife could hear him. He also hoped to receive a bribe from him. Though he heard the gospel of Christ, he never obeyed it. He died while in office in 60AD, being succeeded by Festus who asked Paul if he would go to Jerusalem to face his accusers.
Paul knew he would not get a fair trial there, so he appealed to Caesar in Rome. Festus needed to write a letter explaining the charges against Paul, but he could not find the words. Agrippa and his wife also wanted to hear Paul. All of these officials were deeply impressed, but none of them ever became a Christian. Paul had great courage in preaching to men in high office (Acts 24-26), just as the Lord had predicted even before he was baptized
(Acts 9:1-16). Few high officials will be saved (I Cor 1:26). Almost becoming a Christian is to be lost (Acts 26:28).