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The Wolves Are Coming (28 of 33)
I want you to open you Bible to the 20th chapter of the book of Acts. I had intended to move on beyond this, but there is another part of this particular chapter which I think is so needful in the year 2001 for us, that I just really didn’t want to pass it over. I want to just share with you out of my heart some truths which I think will be helpful for you and an encouragement to you.
This is part of the Apostle Paul’s farewell address to the elders of the church of Ephesus. It is apparent when you read these words that the Apostle Paul dearly loved the church of the Lord. In fact, he refers to it in this message as the church of God. He refers to it with that term of endearment—the flock.
He hadn’t always loved the church. Before his conversion he hated the church. He did everything he knew to stifle the church and stamp it out. He even went on a trip to Damascus to find some people there who were part of the church and to persecute them and put them to death.
Then he had that magnificent experience on the Damascus Road when he came face to face with the living Lord Jesus Christ who is the head of the church. God put in the heart of this man who used to hate the church a great love for the church. he loved the church.
Can you imagine how it must have been when they led Paul into the city of Damascus and carried him over to that little group of God’s people, the flock of the Lord. He walked in there and they said to him, “Brother Saul.” Can you imagine how that must have moved and touched his heart? These people he had been trying to kill. These people he had been persecuting. Yet, when he comes in as a new-born child of God, a member of the church of the Lord Jesus, the family of God, they call him “brother Saul.” It must have broken his heart. He never got over it either. He loved the church. Do you love the church? I love the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. I do no ...
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