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. For I did not shrink from declaring
to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts
Paul was on his journey to Jerusalem
where he knew that he would be arrested
and imprisoned. He was making stops
along the way to visit the brethren.
Here, Paul had sailed past Ephesus
because he was in a hurry to reach
Jerusalem by Pentecost. He was hoping to
kill two birds with one stone by calling
for the Ephesian Elders to meet him at
Miletus. Miletus is where his ship
docked and he wanted to see the Ephesian
Elders after his visit with the Church
Unlike with any other Church, Paul had a
very special and personal relationship
with the brethren who lived in Ephesus
because he lived with them for a period
of three years. The Church in Ephesus
was birthed as a result of his
evangelism and for three years he went
from home Church to home Church teaching
the brethren the whole counsel of God.
Paul had personally ordained most if not
all the Pastors and Elders who
shepherded the flock in the city. So, it
is easy to understand why this meeting
was so emotionally charged.
Paul pleaded for the Elders - “be
on guard for yourselves and for the
the Holy Spirit had anointed them to
oversee. He prophesied that “savage
come in to devour the flock, and that
even some of their number would arise
teaching perverse things which would
lead brethren astray.
And he was
openly testifying before them that he
had examined himself and had determined
that he had done all he could do to
prepare them. Paul understood that God
had placed him as a watchman in Ephesus
and that if he had failed to properly
educate them in the will of God that he
would stand guilty before God. Paul knew
that he was his brother’s keeper.
Therefore, he concluded and testified
before them that he was innocence of
their blood because he -“did
not shrink from declaring the whole
counsel of God to them.”
God declares “ALL
SOULS ARE MINE!” Every
soul is priceless. A
soul has infinite value which is why it
took God becoming a man to suffer and
die to redeem a lost soul. It is not
God’s will that any soul should perish,
yet “the many” will according to the
Bible. Christians are lights sent out
into a dark world that those who are in
darkness can see their way out.
We cannot comfort sinners in their sins.
Too much of the Church today is like a
big lukewarm hot tub where even sinners
can be comfortable without true
repentance and real forgiveness.
Christians have been sent forth with the
ministry of reconciliation by which we
are to beg sinners to repent and be
reconciled to God.
A partial truth is a lie
- it is deceptive by its very nature. If
we shrink back from declaring the whole
counsel of God we speak only a partial
the motivation is fear of rejection so
the fullness of the message of the
Gospel is watered down to make it easier
to receive. Oh, that we would have the
attitude of Paul and understand that the
whole counsel is necessary and that if
we shrink back from proclaiming it we
cannot be innocent of the blood of those
who perish for lack of knowledge.