Apostle Paul confidently declared to the Ephesian elders “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.” (Acts 20:26) These “all men” were the people of Ephesus, where Paul had ministered for three years.
Ephesus was a dark mission field, steeped in idol-worship and demonism. (Acts 19:12,27, 19, Eph. 2:2, 5:8) Yet God used Paul to plant one of the strongest churches in the New Testament there. How could Paul say about Ephesus, “I am pure from the blood of all men”? The verse before this tells us.
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,” (Act 20:20)
- Paul evangelized publicly (Acts 20:20)
- Paul evangelized personally (Acts 20:20 “from house to house“)
- Paul evangelized by training others (Acts 19:9-10 “school of one Tyrannus”)
As a result of Paul’s work at Ephesus, all Asia heard the gospel within three years. Before God and the Ephesian elders, Paul could confidently declare, “I am pure from the blood of all men.”
Dear believer—especially pastor or missionary: Are you pure from the blood of all men in the place where God has put you? Are you evangelizing publicly, personally, and by training others?
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them…his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”(Ezekiel 33:6)