There was something on Paul’s mind as he stated these recorded words. Luke sensed it, saw it first hand, then wrote it down for the Church through every age might to read, and to know that there are things which happen in the Church, in every local congregation which will need to be addressed. The Church in every age needs to hear the warnings of Scripture, and to heed them.
“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” Acts 20:26-31 (KJV)
As Paul, so should the Bible preacher, Bible teacher, Bible Christian of 2017 proclaim “All the counsel of God”. Not part, but all. Far too often men stand in the pulpit saying words people want to hear, rather then being the preacher of God saying what God says; what God wants us to hear. May God forgive us.
The apostle had not shunned the responsibility to warn of “Wolves” fierce liars, deceivers, scam artists who would come in to lead people astray, and devour them; devour you if you do not live by the word of God.
Men of God have the responsibility to speak to the Church, who is bought with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; and Jesus is the Son of God and God the Son; so yes God has purchased us with His own blood (also see 1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23).
It is imperative that the flock learn to identify the false teachers [the wolves] who are coming in to deceive, destroy, steal and kill. You must know the truth of the word of God. Read it. Study it. Apply it to daily living. Know who Jesus truly is; and when you know Him, having the Holy Spirit in you you will not be deceived, but will know a lie when it is about to strike. Then, you will reject it. You will warn others of it, and like Paul “…night and day with tears”.
What makes you weep? Maybe I need to ask, “What makes me weep?” I have wept about many things; including not having enough money to pay the rent or the house payment. I have wept over a broken down car, because I did not have the means to get it repaired. I have wept over the sickness of a child because we had no insurance or money to take them to the doctor. I am glad to say, though, that I have wept over lost souls as well. I have wept when I have noticed brethren in Christ being led astray, going down the path of sin and shame; and into false doctrines, and living.
O for my heart to weep over the wayward sheep of Christ Jesus. If you are a Christian today get into the Word of God, and most of all let the word of God get into you. There is a place for rejoicing, always. There is also a time for weeping, and that time is now.
Weep for the deceived. Weep for the perishing. Weep for the word of God to have a powerful affect on the lives of all the people you know through the Lord Jesus Christ who has purchased us with His own blood.