January 18, 2017

Read: Acts 20:21-25

In Acts 20, Paul declares he is clean, that his listening audience has their own blood on their own heads.  Acts 20:26 reads, “I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it's not my fault…”  What a strange thing to tell people.  Why did Paul say this?  Does not sound like Paul read the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Was Paul thinking of Ezekiel 33:6 when he said this?

"But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand."

Acts 20:21-25 helps clarify the reason for such odd words.  


"solemnly testifying …of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ… so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men."
 

My question to myself is can I also declare “I am innocent”?   Is the blood of those I know on my head or theirs?  Have I shared the Gospel which states Jesus died for our sins, was buried and raised again to those God has put in my path?  (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)


Pray

Dear Lord,
Please bring to mind those who I need to tell about your Grace.  Help me to obey and take action to make known the mystery of the gospel.  

In Jesus’ name,
Amen