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PaulBible Gemz 1791 - Paul's Speech laid out as Thought Connections (Acts 20:18-36)

March 11, 2018

Paul’s Speech to the Ephesian Elders laid out in thought connections. I have also separated the speech into sections for you. I think you will see the power of this as you look at both the details and take in the overall impact of the layout in summary. See what you can find before I begin to explain. Each indentation illustrates the connections between thoughts or statements by indenting subordinate ideas either by placing them in terms of importance or in order of time. For example, when they arrived THEN he declared, WHAT did he declare? THAT they knew. WHAT did they know? That Paul had done the Lord’s work humbly AND with many tears SIMULTANEOUSLY from the day he set foot in Asia until the time of the speech. Do you get the idea?


Well practice with the arrangement below until you get the hang of propositional analysis or gluing the thoughts together. See what new ideas strike you. I only hope that my website can handle this layout adequately. If it doesn't then I strongly suggest you ask to have the Gemz emailed to you directly. If it is messed up on your computer screen then simply reduce the size of the emailed version so it can be laid out fully on your screen.





 When they arrived

            He declared

                        “You know

                                    from the day I set foot in the province of Asia until now

                                    I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears.

                                    I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews.

                                    I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear,

                                                              either publicly

                                                              or in your homes.

                                    I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike —

                                                                      the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God,

                                                                      and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.


Suffering Ahead


  “And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem.

   I don’t know what awaits me,

                                         except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city

                                         that jail and suffering lie ahead.

   But my life is worth nothing to me

                                              unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus

                                                                                             the work of telling others the Good News

                                                                                             about the wonderful grace of God.

   “And now I know that

                           none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom      

                           will ever see me again.

               I declare today that

                       I have been faithful.

    If anyone suffers eternal death,

                          it’s not my fault,

                          for I didn’t shrink

                                                 from declaring all that God wants you to know.


Watch Out 


    “So guard yourselves and God’s people.

      Feed and shepherd God’s flock—

                                                     his church,

                                                     purchased with his own blood

                                                     over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.

                I know that false teachers,

                                              like vicious wolves,

                                              will come in among you after I leave,

                                              not sparing the flock.

      Even some men from your own group will rise up and

                             distort the truth

                                    in order to draw a following.

      Watch out!

      Remember the three years I was with you—

                           my constant watch and

                           care over you night and day, and

                           my many tears for you.


Passing the Baton


      “And now I entrust you to God and

                                                    the message of his grace

                                                                 that is able to build you up and

                                                                                          give you an inheritance

                                                                                              with all those he has set apart for himself.


       “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or

                                                               gold or

                                                               fine clothes.

               You know that these hands of mine have worked

                                                                                          to supply my own needs and

                                                                                            even the needs of those who were with me.

                             And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need                                                                                                by working hard.

            You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 

                                                                 ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”


When he had finished speaking,

           he knelt and

                prayed with them.

(Acts 20:18-36)



I asked the LORD to open my eyes and show me His face and His glory and He answered me, “I AM”.


Those little words, “I AM” will take eternity to unpack! Lyn Wake


The words of His Word also take an eternity to unpack. Ian


The words of Paul’s speech are manageable in our lifetime; even today. Ian


The highest purpose of our lives is to know Him and make Him known to others around you. Ian



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