THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 20:22-38 (36 OF 44)

by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts, Chapter 20:22-38 (36 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me

And now behold I go: Paul goes willingly. Paul's not
resistant, fighting with God, questioning God, asking
for proof, putting out fleeces and the like. He is a
Holy Spirit led man. I go bound in the Spirit:
there's nothing mystical here. Paul is compelled,
obligated, moving by the promptings of the Holy Spirit
to go to Jerusalem. I go bound in the Spirit, not
knowing the things that shall befall me there: Paul
went to Jerusalem without knowing what fully awaited
him there.

23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city,
saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

Save (except, this Paul did know from the Holy Spirit)
that the Holy Spirit witnesses (testifies) that in
every city (everywhere Paul went) that bonds (chains)
and afflictions (pressure, trouble, negative
circumstances, antagonism by hostile people,
persecution, distress) abide me (will be there when I
get there).

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I
my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my
course with joy, and the ministry, which I have
received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of
the grace of God.

This is one of the greatest passages in scripture, in
my opinion, and it should motivate all of us who are
led into conditions where we are going to face
opposition because of our faith in Christ.

Paul said none of these things described in verses
22-23 move me.

I'm not moved and carried by my own will; I'm not
stirred or concerned about this. The direction of
God's plan and will in my life is not altered by
trials, suffering, nor death, He can protect me and if
not, it matters not.

Neither count I my life as dear unto myself: I do not
regard my physical life, this temporal life as
something ...

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