Acts 24:25-27
Acts 24:25 (KJB)
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
Reasoned - Discuss or say thoroughly
Temperance - Self-control
Trembled - Terrified or frightened
In Paulís method of teaching, he had claimed earlier that he had a clear conscience toward all men and that is because he taught the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27 KJV) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Paul did not withhold any of the teachings in fear of whoever was before him. Here Paul is given the opportunity to bring the gospel to Felix and Drusilla and what he spoke of literally frightened them. Paul had given them the whole gospel concerning righteousness, that one must be righteous in Godís eyes and according to Godís way. (Rom 3:22-23 KJV) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: {23} For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; One can never be righteous before God of themselves, they must be saved in the Lord Jesus Christ to attain the righteousness God requires for Heaven. Then Paul speaks about temperance, since Romans were known for their drunken orgies and no one who partakes in these is fit for Heaven. Then Paul speaks about the judgment on the last day when all the works of the unsaved man will be brought before the Lord and the person judged for those sins and then cast into eternal hell. I am sure that Felix probably never heard the Gospel spoken like this with so much detail and this terrified him. So Felix sends him away and tells him that when he has a more convenient time or opportunity, he will send for him again. If he was frightened at what Paul spoke to him the first time, did he believe that Paul would soften the message the second time?
Acts 24:26 (KJB)
He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
Felix was motivated by greed because he had hoped that Paul might have given him money aka bribe to let him go free. That is the reason that Felix sent for Paul more often, not concerning himself with the Gospel or his soul, but just to fatten his bank account. He probably saw many people visiting Paul and had hoped that they would give Paul money to give to him so he could free Paul for a price. I am sure that whenever Felix sent for Paul, the gospel would have been proclaimed to him which would have probably included the subjects which initially terrified Felix.
Acts 24:27 (KJB)
But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
It seems like the conversations with Paul had lasted for two years. Felix had gotten mush gospel from Paul himself over those two years. One never knows if he became saved later in life or if he never became saved. Porcius Festus arrived in 59 A.D and ruled for two years until his death in 61 A.D. This would mean that Paul was arrested in 57 A.D. The last favor Felix showed to the Jews was the fact that instead of finally releasing Paul for lack of evidence of the old accusations, he instead leaves him in the house prison. Felix was probably removed from office because the assassins who killed Romans and pro-Roman Jews were once again active in the countryside of Judaea and Felix was unable to stop them. Later on another false Messiah came and people followed him and Festus was forced to go after them and kill them. After Felix returned to Rome, the Jews had sent complaints to Nero about him.