there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust

Acts 24:14-15 (ESV)

14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.

Paul is speaking here as he stands before Governor Felix at Caesarea.

He’s effectively on trial for preaching the truth.

For sharing his “hope in God” of a bodily resurrection.

Denying this fact will not make it untrue.

Disbelieving in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, does not make them any less real.

At the end of our days here on earth, we will stand before God and have to make a reckoning of our lives.

The just and the unjust alike will be resurrected. But only those “made righteous” through Christ will receive “eternal life” (Romans 5:19ff).

For many this is a hard pill to swallow.

They seek to reason why, if He truly is a loving God, He should act differently.

However, His actions are just and fair.

And it’s not for us to question why. But instead to be thankful that He provided a solution to our unjustness, namely Jesus.


prayer : thank you that you are a just God, “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalms 103:8)

action : profess the “hope” I have “in God”

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