Paul went to Macedonia and Greece, stayed there for three months, and gave encouragement to the disciples. As the Jews made a plot against him, he departed to Troas, where he stayed for seven days.
As Paul talked with his companions, Eutychus fell asleep and fell down three stories and died. Paul said not to be alarmed, and after his departure, Eutychus revived.
Paul headed toward Jerusalem, stopping by Ephesus on the way. He met with the elders there and told them that he faces great trial in Jerusalem and that they won't see his face again. He also admonished that they will face trial too.
Okay, I get that Jesus has the power to rise from the dead and raise others from the dead. But for Paul to be able to do that as well is quite amazing too.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
The Holy Spirit calls Paul to Jerusalem. And even though he has no idea what will happen, he knows that imprisonment and affliction awaits him. Despite knowing this, he still remains bold and faithful.
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
This statement holds very true in today's church as well. Within our groups will arise people who corrupt and twist us, causing us to go astray. Unfortunately, this has happened to me before where people have lost faith in organizations and have therefore also lost their faith too.
Here's my advice: make sure that your faith is your own, independent of anybody or any earthly organization so that it will not be shaken. Even if you separate from your organization (church, fellowship, or the like), your faith will be intact. After all, faith is very personal.
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