CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 73

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:26 “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men”.

   Apostle Paul continues his farewell message to the brethren at Ephesus. This time he says he is pure from the blood of all men. This is a very serious statement to make. He claims he has spoken to everyone there.

It takes very diligent people to speak this way. I believe he was referring to the brethren in the Ephesian church. He says further that he has given or shared with them the whole counsel of God. He meant he had taken the pain to share everything about the kingdom with them.  There are some pastors who don’t teach their congregation the whole counsel of God. Some major only in a few areas. A lot talk about blessing and miracles and that is all. This is good yet not complete They are not taught about the doctrine of God, salvation and atonement and many more.  It is surprising that some of the people in these churches cannot share the message of salvation to an enquirer.

I have met some people who are Muslims but were formerly Christians. A lot of them believed that Christians and Muslims are serving the same God. To such people leaving Christianity for Islam is no problem because we are all serving the same God that is their claim.  Such problems emanate because they have not been taught the counsel of God.  If they had been exposed to the truth, they would never think this way.  Christians and Muslims are not worshiping the same God. We worship God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our heavenly Father gave birth to us through the word and His Spirit (John 3:3–6). The Muslim God does not give birth to sons and daughters. Islam claims Jesus was never crucified (Surah 4:157), yet the whole foundation of Christianity is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord, by which we are saved. There are many more differences but this would be for another time.  If these brethren had been exposed to the whole truth about God’s word, they would never have accepted to go into Islam in the first place.

   There are some congregations who have never heard of the teachings of hell fire. The Lord Jesus spoke so much on this topic, yet some Christians are deprived of this teaching.

A lot of congregations are made up of converts or Christians who have not been established in the fundamental teachings of the faith.  The challenge or the problem is caused by their leaders. Dear child of God, Christianity is not about blessings or miracles only, there are teachings concerning suffering for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Philippians 1:29 reads “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Christians must be taught the whole counsel of God. (The challenge is how can such brethren get to know the whole truth? Please share such messages and postings  to many contacts as much as possible).

 PRAYER

Dear heavenly, Father may I play my role of communicating your truth to as many that I relate and even, go out of my way to share with others who have not been exposed to the truth in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDY:

 Hebrews 6:1-2 ” Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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