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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:22-32

Paul at Miletus: the forecast which exalts. Paul had received intimations "in every city" ( Acts 20:23 ) that "bonds and afflictions" were in store for him; he looked forward with absolute certainty to personal suffering of some kind; but this assurance was so far from daunting or depressing him that his spirit rose on strong and eager wing to the full height of such apostolic opportunity ( Matthew 5:10-12 ). The anticipated future, with its bonds and its sufferings and possibly death... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:28

Take heed for take heed therefore, A.V. and T.R.; in for over, A.V.; bishops for overseers, A.V.; purchased for hath purchased, A.V. Take heed , etc.; προσέχετε ἑαυτοῖς , peculiar to Luke ( Acts 5:1-42 :53; Luke 12:1 ; Luke 17:3 ; Luke 21:34 ). Now follows the weighty charge of this great bishop to the clergy assembled at his visitation. With the true feeling of a chief pastor, he thinks of the whole flock, but deals with them chiefly through the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:28

The true Church. "The Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood." Significance of this passage in view of Church history and present controversies. I. THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE CHURCH . "Purchased with his own blood." Therefore neither an external organism nor a mere idea, but composed of living souls, whose salvation is secured by the merit of his blood. Not a mixed multitude, united by a formal rite, but, professedly at least, these who are partakers of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:28

Blood purchased. This figure of speech is directly connected with a reference to the Church as a flock; to the officers as overseers, or shepherds; and to their duty as feeding the flock. It is important to inquire how far the shepherd and sheep figure will explain the scriptural allusions to redemption, or salvation by blood. The figure as used by our Lord in John 10:1-42 . should be compared with the expression in our text, "which he hath purchased with his own blood." The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 20:28-31

Paul at Miletus: the prospect which pains. Paul, pursuing his path of self-sacrificing devotion, going on to he knew not what dangers ahead, looking a violent death in the face, was calm, tranquil, even joyful. But the apostle, looking forward to a distracted and injured Church, torn by false doctrine, laid waste by sinful men, was grieved at heart, and he uses the language of solemn adjuration and entreaty. I. HUMAN APPREHENSION . We often go forward with painful apprehension that... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Acts 20:28

Take heed, therefore - Attend to; be on your guard against the dangers which beset you, and seek to discharge your duty with fidelity.Unto yourselves - To your own piety, opinions, and mode of life. This is the first duty of a minister; for without this all his preaching will be vain. Compare Colossians 4:17; 1 Timothy 4:14. Ministers are beset with unique dangers and temptations, and against them they should be on their guard. In addition to the temptations which they have in common with other... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Acts 20:28

Acts 20:28. Take heed therefore I now devolve my care upon you; first, to yourselves That you thoroughly understand all the doctrines, experience all the graces, enjoy all the blessing, and practise all the duties of genuine Christianity; and that you fully understand and faithfully execute every part of your important office. And to all the flock That they may possess the same Christian knowledge and experience, may enjoy the same blessings, and perform the same duties; may be wise... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Acts 20:13-38

To Jerusalem with the offering (20:13-21:16)From Troas Paul went by land to Assos, where he rejoined the rest of the party and sailed to Miletus (13-16). Since Miletus was only about fifty kilometres from Ephesus, Paul took the opportunity to call the elders of the Ephesian church to come and meet him. He wanted to give them some final encouragement and pass on helpful warnings (17).Paul’s opponents in Asia had probably been trying to turn the Christians against him. Therefore, he reminded the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Acts 20:28

Take heed . Greek. prosecho. The sixth occurs in Acts. See note on Acts 8:6 , Acts 8:10 , Acts 8:11 . flock . Greek. poimnion, little flock. Only here, Acts 20:29 . Luke 12:32 . 1Pe 5:2 , 1 Peter 5:3 . For poimne, see John 10:16 . over = in, or on. Greek. en. App-104 . Out of 2,622 occurances of en, it is rendered "over" only here. overseers . Greek. epiakopos. Elsewhere translated "bishop". Philippians 1:1 , Philippians 1:1 . 2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Timothy 1:7 . 1Pe 2:26 . They are called... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Acts 20:28

Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood.The Holy Spirit hath made you bishops ... For the use of the title "bishop" as applied to elders, and the seven titles given this office in the New Testament, see under Acts 14:23, above. How had the Holy Spirit made those men bishops? The Spirit had given the qualifications for men to meet in order to qualify for the office and... read more

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