Acts 18:1-23 — Fulfilling our responsibilities

One thing that Paul did was he preached the gospel.  Wherever he went, he preached to the people that Jesus is the Christ.

Why did he do so?  One reason, of course, was that Jesus commanded him to.  And it was not a one-time command either.  Jesus first gave him that charge when Paul was saved (Acts 9:15), and we see it again here where Jesus told him,

Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  (9)

But there was another reason.  Paul remembered the words of God to Ezekiel.  Namely,

When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.  But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.  (Ezekiel 3:18-19)

That’s why after the Jews rejected his message in Corinth, he told them,

Your blood be on your own heads!  I am clear of my responsibility.  (6)

He would later tell the elders in Ephesus something similar (20:26-27).

The point is, we have a responsibility to share the gospel to those we know.  We are not  responsible for how they react, but we are responsible to tell people the truth.  And if we don’t, God will hold us responsible for their blood.

Paul understood this.  Do you?  Are you taking the gospel to the people God has put in your lives.  As Jesus told Paul, he now tells us:

Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  (9)

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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