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Thursday, June 05, 2008
What did Paul mean when he said the following in Acts 20:26? Therefore, I
declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. What did
he mean by that?
Well, if you were to go back to the book of Ezekiel,
chapter 3 verses 18- 21, you will discover what he meant.
That portion of Scripture talks about if there is a man
who is sinning and God sends forth a warning through the prophet, if the prophet
does not give that warning to the sinner and he continues in his sin and dies in
his sin; his blood would be on the hands of that prophet. If the prophet,
however, warns him, irrespective of the response, his blood would not be upon
the prophets hands.
The Apostle Paul is essentially saying, I have been
faithful in presenting the Word of God, the message of God, and including the
warning of God where necessary, so I am free and innocent from the blood of all
He goes on to say in a number of references in this
same chapter, I have one concern, to finish the race and complete the task the
Lord Jesus has given me. I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole
will of God. So be on your guard, remember that for three years I never
stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. He diligently,
faithfully shared the Word of God so that he could look people in the eye and
say, I am innocent from the blood of your life if you should go astray or
continue in a rebellious state.
Oh, that God might move all of us to be faithful in our
work that we likewise might be innocent of the blood of all men.