A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders”, Acts 20:13) And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. 14) And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. 15) And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. 16) For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. 17) And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the Elders of the church. 18) And when there were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, Acts 18:19. 19) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: 20) And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 21) Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 24:37; Romans 2:4. 22) And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23) Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide (wait for) me. 24) But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God. 1Corinthians 9:24-27; 2Timothy 4:7. 25) And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the Kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. 26) Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the Counsel of God. John 15:15; Ephesians 1:11.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v13-16, Paul hastened to Jerusalem, but tried to do good by the way, v17-27, The Elders knew that Paul was no designing self-seeking man. Those who would in any office serve the Lord acceptably, and be profitable to others, must do it with humility. Paul was a plain preacher one that spoke his message so as to be understood. He was a powerful preacher: he preached the Gospel as a testimony to them if they received it; but as a testimony against them if they rejected it. he was a profitable preacher; one that aimed to inform their judgments, and reform their hearts and lives. he was a painful preacher, very industrious in his work. He was a faithful preacher; he did not keep back reproofs when necessary nor keep back the preaching of the Cross. He preached faith and repentance. Without these no sinner can escape, and with these none will come short of eternal life. Let them not think that Paul left Asia for fear of persecution; he was in full expectation of trouble, yet resolved to go on, well assured that it was by Divine direction. The powerful influences of the Holy Spirit bind the true Christian to his duty. Even when he expects persecution and affliction, the Love of Christ constrains him to proceed. It is the business of our life to provide for a joyful death. Believing that this was the last time they should see him, he appeals concerning his integrity. He had preached to them the whole counsel of God; he faithfully did his work, whether men would bear or forbear. Amen.