In this passage, Paul reminds the Ephesian elders of the time that he had spent with them.
Paul met with the Ephesian elders, to warn them, about what was going to happen, after his departure. He reminded them, of the way he lived, when he was with them, and that the Jews, had plotted against him.
Paul had taught them publicly, and from house to house, and had held back nothing, from them. He testified to the Jews, and also to the Gentile (Greeks), repentance toward God, and faith, toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
He was bound in the spirit, to go to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that would happen to him there, "except, that the Holy Spirit testified in every city, saying chains, and tribulations were awaiting him."
He said, that none of these things moved him; and that he did not count own his life, to be dear to himself.
The only thing that was important to him, was to finish his race with joy, and to fulfill, the ministry, which he received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel, of the grace of God.
The way Paul lived is an example of how we should live today
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,
for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
In this passage, Paul warned the elders about the savage wolves, that were going to come in, among them
Paul told them that they would see his face, no more
He said that he was innocent, of the blood of all men, because he had declared to them, the whole counsel of God.
Sound Doctrine, which is the ‘Whole counsel of God, is found in the four Gospels, and the New Testament letters of Paul, James, Peter, John and Jude
Paul warned them, that they must take heed to themselves, and to all the flock, because the Holy Spirit has made them overseers, to shepherd, the church of God
Paul told them, that he knew that after his departure, savage wolves, would come in among them, not sparing the flock.
And that from among them, men would rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples, after themselves.
He admonished them, to watch, and remember that for three years, he did not cease, to warn everyone, night and day, with tears.
After Paul was taken home, to heaven, these things did actually happen. The savage wolves, did come in
Even now, we need to be on guard, against these savage wolves
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
In this passage, Paul commends the elders, to the grace of God
He reminds them, that he had labored, to provide for his own needs (necessities), and for those who were with him. Paul had shown in every way, by laboring like this, that you must, support the weak.
He told them to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give, than to receive” These words of Jesus are still true, for us today
It really is, more blessed to give, than to receive
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.
In this passage, Paul prayed with the elders
He knelt down and prayed with them all.
Then, they all wept freely, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him
They were sorrowing, most of all, that they would see his face, no more.
Then, they accompanied him to the ship.
Today, the very most important thing we can do, is to pray
And, we need to have the kind of love for each other, that they had for Paul
The next part of this study, is
2 Timothy 4
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Do your best to come to me soon.
For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.
Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus.
Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine"
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.
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,
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
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.