Brookfield Church of Christ
July 7, 2019 Sun am Luke 22:31-34
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial (Luke 22:31–38)
Neglected Opportunities

Felix’s problem was sin; thus, his greatest need was the forgiveness of sin. Yet he neglected the remedy. Notice the many opportunities

Felix was given to be saved, yet he neglected them all.

Felix had to neglect all the following opportunities to remain lost:

Felix was in the right place at the right time (24:24a). The right place is here and the right time is now (2 Corinthians 6:2). The gospel invitation is always open; it must not be neglected.

Felix heard the apostle Paul preach (24:24b). Paul was a powerful preacher; however, the power is not in the man; it is in the message—the gospel message (Romans 1:16). Felix heard the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ from a dedicated servant of the Lord!

Felix heard a sermon adapted specifically to him (24:25). Paul preached about three of the most important things in the world: righteousness, self-control, and coming judgment. Paul preached exactly what Felix and Drucilla needed to hear.

Felix had an emotional response to the gospel (24:25). Change is, to a certain degree, emotional; however, emotion is too unbalanced to use as a spiritual foundation. Faith is the rock upon which salvation is built. The rock is Jesus (cf. Matthew 16:13–191 Corinthians 3:11).

Felix had a second chance (24:26). Jonah (3:1), Simon (Acts 8:20-24) and David (2 Samuel 12:1–13) were given opportunities to change and get right in God’s sight. Felix called for Paul often, giving him many opportunities to change; however, there is no indication that he ever took advantage of the wonderful gospel opportunities.

Felix neglected wonderful opportunities to be saved; he neglected them to remain lost. Let that never be said of us! “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). 

Mark N. Posey

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