Acts – Chapter 20

Verse 1 – After the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to him, embraced them, and departed to go to Macedonia.

Verse 2 – Now when he had gone over that region and encouraged them with many words, he came to Greece

Verse 3 – and stayed three months. And when the Jews plotted against him as he was about to sail to Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.

Verse 4 – And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia – also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.

These men traveling with Paul , represented churches that Paul had started in Asia. Each man was carrying an offering from his home church to be given to the believers in Jerusalem.

Verse 5 – These men, going ahead, waited for us at Troas.

Eutychus Falls From the Loft

Verse 6 – But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days.

Verse 7 – Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.

Verse 8 – There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.

Verse 9 – And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.

Verse 10 – But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.”

First of all, imagine listening to a preacher speak until well after midnight. It’s almost unheard of today. We sit in church maybe an hour, sometimes two, and we are ready to go. These Christians were devoted and this young man was probably between the age of eight and fourteen. When he fell out the window, they all knew he was dead. But Paul simply got up, went down to him, and no doubt prayed, and the young man had life again. Now that would have been a church service to have seen.

Verse 11 – Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.

Verse 12 – And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.

Verse 13 – Then we went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, there intending to take Paul on board; for so he had given orders, intending himself to go on foot.

Verse 14 – And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene.

Paul chose to travel the 20 miles on foot, perhaps being able to preach along the way.

Verse 15 – We sailed from there, and the next day came opposite Chios; the following day we arrived at Samos and stayed at Trogyllium; the next day we came to Miletus.

Verse 16 – For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.

Paul had missed Passover in Jerusalem, so he wanted to make the celebration of Pentecost, 50 days later. He also was bringing gifts to those believers.

Verse 17 – From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of he church.

Verse 18 – And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you,

Verse 19 – “serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews;

Verse 20 – “and how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,

Verse 21 – “testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 22 – “And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,

Paul had a strong conviction, bound by duty, regardless of any danger. Paul was going to be obedient to the Spirit at the Spirit’s urging, no matter the cost.

Verse 23 – “except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.

Paul had faced stoning, imprisonment, scourging, and persecution already, but God had delivered him to keep preaching and moving to the next city. He knew that when he got to Jerusalem where there was so much hatred of the preaching of Jesus Christ, he would face heavy persecution again. However, the urging and prompting was so strong from the Holy Spirit, he was going anyway.

Verse 24 – “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I receive from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Each Christian has a calling and a purpose on their life. Are we as determined as Paul to finish what we have been called by God to do? Not everyone is called to preach or teach, but we “all” are called to be a witness for Christ. Just make sure your actions and life-style line up with your speech. We need to live what we believe!

Verse 25 – “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.

Verse 26 – Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.

Paul’s conscience was void of any offence. Paul would have no guilt if any of them were lost, the fault would be their own. He had warned and instructed all of them in the ways of God.

When we as Christians, witness of God’s grace and forgiveness of sin, we are not responsible in the choice that person makes, if they chose to reject it.

Verse 27 – “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

Verse 28 – “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

That was a strong warning to the overseers or pastors for them to watch how they treated the people (flock). Pastors, leaders, and elders are held to a higher standard, according to God’s standards.

Verse 29 – “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

Savage wolves – the enemies of God, will come in with false teachings and divide them, seeking  to destroy the church.

Verse 30 – “Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after themselves.

Verse 31 – “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

Verse 32 – “And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are Sanctified.

To those made holy through the blood of Christ.

Verse 33 – “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.

Paul was never motivated by money to preach the gospel, as some are today. I’ll leave that right there. You decide who is motivated by the prosperity preaching.

Verse 34 – “Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me.

In Corinth he had lived with Apollos and had provided for himself, working with leather, making tents. How much more influence such a man has than one who has been worldly-minded, who has sought to become rich, and the only legacy he leaves is that he “fleeced the flock.” And that he only gained riches, but not the souls of the people.

Verse 35 – “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

There is pleasure in giving when it is done with right motives. Those who give with a pure motive will be blessed by God.

Verse 36 – And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Verse 37 – Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him,

Verse 38 – sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Paul’s relationship with these believes is a beautiful example of Christian fellowship.

 

 

 

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