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  • 2018-02-21   [사도행전(Acts) 20:17 - 20:27]


    Paul managed his time very strictly in order to arrive at Jerusalem before the Pentecost, and while at Miletus, he met with the elders of the Ephesus and shared the words of God.

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  • 17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
    18 And when they came to him, he said to them: "You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
    19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
    20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
    21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
    23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
    24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
    25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
    26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you,
    27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
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Thinking & Understanding
Paul reflected on his ministry to Ephesus over the past three years, and gave his last sermon to the elders of the Ephesian church. In that sermon, Paul said that he had served the church with humility and tears, through many hardships and pain, and preached the gospel regardless of the time and location (vv. 18-21). Then Paul spoke of his plan and determination to go to Jerusalem. Paul knew that he would face suffering and persecution at Jerusalem, but pledged that he would give all he had to complete the ministry of the gospel Jesus has given him. Also, he said that he did his best to preach the gospel at Ephesus for the past three years (vv. 22-27).

Who is God?
Vv. 22-23 God told Paul through the Holy Spirit that he would face imprisonment and affliction in Jerusalem. God foretold of this and prepared Paul for it. Let’s pray that we have the grace to hear what God tells us we will face.

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 24-27 Paul thought the task given to him by the Lord to spread the gospel of grace was more valuable than his life. This course would lead to his imprisonment and persecution at Jerusalem, but he pledged to stay his course until the end. As such, Paul thoroughly completed his ministry of spreading the gospel.

Prayer
Lord, no matter what hardships come our way as we spread the gospel of grace, help us to be bold and testify to your gospel.