Pure from Men’s Blood

How little does it take to make the pure impure?

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Acts 20:26-27 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

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I urge you to take the time to read Acts 20:17-38 for a fuller view of what Paul was saying.  Then come back to our Text for Today.  In his own words, Paul said he was “pure from the blood of all men for I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”  Do you see the words, “for I have?”  This statement of Paul could have been stated in this manner; “I am pure from the blood of all men because I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”  Look at it once more, for you need to see with clarity what Paul was saying.  He was clearly stating that the reason he could say he was “pure from the blood of all men,” was because he had been diligent to proclaim the whole counsel of God.

He did not say he was pure from the blood of all men because he had done everything perfectly, or because he had not angered or offended certain people.  It was not because he was a flawless human being, already having achieved outward perfection in Christ.  It was not because he was a flawless grammarian, or such an eloquent speaker.  The reason he made such a statement is completely singular in substance and cause.  Paul said it was because he had not failed, or shunned to declare unto those to whom he preached, “all the counsel of God.”  And the “counsel of God” about which Paul spoke came from the revelation God had given him.  He did not preach the revelation of someone else.

It is from that understanding that I now write.  Paul was not sharing the revelation of Peter, James, John, Luke, or Jude.  We know he was aware of at least some of what they wrote, but his preaching came from his own revelation.  I don’t know of any minister today that KNOWS IT ALL.  All those I DO know will tell you they know SOME things.  Many of us may say some, or many, of the same things.  That is because the revelation each of us possesses, though coming THROUGH the teaching and ministry of others, came FROM Holy Ghost.  But there are some things against which we must guard.  When we speak, we should speak from that revelation WE HAVE TRULY RECEIVED from God, regardless of the channel.  It simply is not fruitful to declare another man’s revelation.  It may sound good.  It may have received a great response from those who heard it.  But that does not license one to preach it.  Before you preach it, make sure it has truly been revealed to you by Holy Spirit.

Manna for Today – Acts 20:17-38; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:34-37; Romans 3:4

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