|Acts 20 |
1 Now after the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to him and embraced them, and departed to go into Macedonia.
2 And when he had gone through those parts, and had exhorted them, he came into Greece,
3 And stayed there for three months. And when the Jews plotted against him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4 There accompanied him into Asia: Sopater of Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia, and Timothy.
5 These men went on before us [Luke and the others] and waited for us at Troas.
6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread [Passover], and came to them at Troas in five days. where we stayed for seven days.
7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart the next day; and he continued his message until midnight. [Notice! The disciples came together to break bread on the first day of the week, (they ate their supper together in a home, followed by the Jewish custom of breaking bread after the meal), after which Paul preached to them. This is how and when the early church met. Further proof: 1 Cor 16:1-2, a collection for the poor brothers in Jerusalem was ordered by Paul to be taken on the first day of the week, not on the Jewish Sabbath. Plus, John referred to the Lord's day in Rev 1:10, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day;" the Lord's day referring to the day of the week he was resurrected. This proves that early Church met on the first day of the week, and that they did and not meet on the Jewish 7th Day Sabbath. Paul wrote to let no man criticize you for not observing shadows that ended with the substance, Christ: "Therefore let no man judge you in meat or drink, or in respect to a holy day [or any special day], or the new moon, or the Sabbath days." Col 2:16-17. The Jewish Sabbath was the shadow of faint, outline, resemblance to the substance Christ, whose coming obsoleted all the shadows, including the Sabbath, offerings, sacrifices, circumcision, foods, feasts, holy days, etc.]
8 And there were many lights1 in the upper chamber where they were gathered together.
9 And a certain young man named Eutychus sat in a window, who had fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept preaching, he sank down with sleep and fell down from the third story and was picked up dead.
10 Then Paul went down, and threw himself on him, and embracing him said, "Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him."
11 When he had come up again and had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while until break of day, he departed.
12 And they brought the young man in alive, and were greatly comforted.
13 Then we went ahead to the ship and sailed to Assos, intending to take Paul on board there; for so he had directed, himself intending to go on foot.
14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him on board, and came to Mitylene.
15 And we sailed there, and came the next day opposite Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and stayed at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.
16 Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, because he would not spend time in Asia. For he hurried so that if it were possible, he would be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
17 So from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church to him.
18 And when they had come to him, he said to them, "You know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have lived with you at all times,
19 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind and with many tears and trials, which befell me by the plots of the Jews;
20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have shown you and have taught you publicly, 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.
22 And now behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will befall me there;
23 Except that the Holy Spirit witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
24 But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, if only I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now behold, I know that you, among whom I have preached the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.
26 Therefore I testify to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shrunk from declaring to you all the counsel of God.
28 Therefore take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God that he has purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know that after my departing savage wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also will men arise from among your own selves, speaking distorted things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease warning everyone night and day with tears.
32 And now brothers, I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have supplied all my necessities, and of those who were with me.
35 I have shown you these things, that by laboring like this, you should support the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down and prayed with them all.
37 And they all wept greatly, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him,2
38 Sorrowing most of all for the words that he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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1 There were many lights. This means there were many sons of Light in the room; sons of the Father of Lights. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. 1 Thes 5:5. And: For you were once in darkness, but now are you light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:8-10.
2 They wept greatly and fell on Paul's neck kissing him. This is the love of true disciples of Christ. For Christ said: I have declared to them your name, and will declare it, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:26. And: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another; and that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all men shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love for each other. John 13:34-35. Now ask yourself, have you ever witnessed such love that disciples would weep and fall on a leader of Christendom's neck, kissing him? And if you have not, then the love of God has not been perfected in Christendom's leaders, which Christ's true disciples do know and enjoy: But whoever keeps his word [obeys his spoken commands to them], truly the love of God is perfected in him; by this we know that we are in him. 1 John 2:5. Notice, this is to be "in Christ" — to have the love of God perfected in yourself. So many people in Christendom claim to be "in Christ" but have no idea what they are claiming in error. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12.
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