But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers.
In His matchless defense before Felix Paul is not ashamed to belong to the sect of the Nazareness. He declares his position. He asserts revelation behind him: “Believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.” He anticipates the resurrection ahead of him: “And have hope toward God…that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” He takes responsibility upon him: “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.”
It is possible to be very orthodox about revelation and the resurrection and yet to assume little responsibility for the way we live today. Paul lived today with that day always in mind. Faith in revelation past and hope in the resurrection to come should show up in godly exercise now.