“Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” (20:26)
That’s a radical statement if I look at it as if it applies to me!
Paul felt very responsible to declare God’s truth! Remember he said something similar in chapter 18, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent,” (vs 6)
My footnote says, “No part of these Jew’s failure to believe could be attributed to his failure to tell them about Christ.”
Does Paul mean that if he didn’t proclaim God’s word he would be guilty? Where did Paul get this idea? …Well, considering Paul was well trained as a Pharisee, he would be well acquainted with Ezekiel 33:1-7. I took a moment to read that. It makes sense now why he felt so responsible. God put the responsibility on the “watchman” to sound the alarm if an invasion was coming. If the watchman failed to alert the people, he would be guilty of their death. If the people heard the warning but failed to respond, they would be guilty. Paul applied this to himself. He was the watchman sounding the alarm of future judgement; he did his duty. If his listeners failed to heed his warning, the guilt rests on them.
So, how does this apply to me? Am I now a watchman? Am I charged with the duty of warning people of the coming judgement? Are all Christians in the roll of being a watchman? If so, am I, like Paul, able to declare, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” (vs. 27)?
🤔Good questions to ponder…..don’t ya think?