ACTS 20:25-31..25 “And now I know that none of you will ever see my face again—
Paul said in his letter to Rome in 57 AD [written on this trip] he wanted to transfer his work to the western part of the Empire; “But now I no longer have any work to do in these regions, and I have strongly desired for many years to come to you whenever I travel to Spain. For I hope to see you when I pass through and to be assisted by you for my journey there, once I have first enjoyed your company for a while” [Rom. 15:23-24]. Also Paul knew his ministry in Jerusalem could result in death. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone’s blood, 27 for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.
Paul may be drawing from the watchman analogy found in Ezekiel 33:1-6. The watchman was responsible for blowing the trumpet of warning, but he was not responsible for the response of those he warned. Paul had preached the whole gospel, he was innocent, calling men to repentance and faith, and now the responsibility rested with them.
28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.
Paul was talking to the elders or pastors of the church in Ephesus and said be on guard because you have been appointed by the Holy Spirit. We believe all our pastors are called by God. They are to take being our shepherds serious because the church was purchased with His blood.
29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them. 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.
Paul saw two potential hazards for the church after his departure. 1] An attack from people outside the church would come in among them like savage wolves. 2] People from inside the church would rise up with grumbling, complaining or false teaching, luring people away from the truth. The pastor is to be alert and be reminded of Paul’s faithful work of warning for 3 years. Pastors will be held accountable by God. [Hebrews 13:17, James 3:1]
Am I supporting my pastors and being a faithful watchman proclaiming God’s truth in each opportunity provided?
Henry Luke 2/10/2018
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