CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 71

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:20. And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

From our key scripture, Paul says he taught them publicly and from house to house. This involves mass meetings as well as one on one meetings as well.

  Our Lord Jesus in his days on the earth, employed the same principle. He taught the people en-mass and one on one.  Nicodemus the Jewish lawyer came to him by night. The Lord had the patience to explain a whole lot of things to him. Paul’s teachings in the public places and in their houses was not by special invitation. He purposefully went around in search of people to share the Gospel with. Do not feel too big going around knocking on doors to share the Gospel with people. Would the master himself have done this if he was around? I believe he would. Mass meetings does a lot of good, yet personal efforts are easily assessed and could be monitored well.

     In verse 21, he talked about some of the things he taught.

“Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. ” Paul preached repentance form all wrong notions about God . The Jews could not see God as their father neither could they think of him as one that they could relate with. The Greeks also thought of God as an idol made by human hands. They also needed to change their minds concerning God. One of Satan’s attack against humanity is to paint God differently from who he is. Many people because of challenges and difficulties see God as one who is not blessing them and not making things easy for them. Man needs to repent from a whole lot of things about our father God This is the reason every child of God must know the truth and boldly talk about Him.

 They were also to exercise their faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, every divine provision is settled.  It is faith in Him that gives is access to the grace of God.

  He adds in the verse 22 that he goes “bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall him.” He said this in the light that there have been countless prophecies that in Jerusalem, the Jews would take a hold of him bind him and send him to Rome. He knew afflictions and tribulations awaited him in Jerusalem, yet he was ready to go. Why did Paul not stay away from all these problems? This is for us to answer.

  PRAYER

Father in Heaven, I pray that as I study your word and fellowship with your spirit, help me to effectively share your word to the many that Satan has held in deception.

FURTHER STUDY:

Acts 20:24 ” 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.”

Acts 20:29 ” For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”

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