In Acts 20:26 Paul declared himself to be innocent of the blood of all men in Ephesus (cf. comments on Acts 18:6). He preached to “all men” (cf. “all the Jews and Greeks … in the province of Asia,” 19:10). And the content of His preaching was all of God’s will (boulēn, “purpose, plan”; cf. 2:23; 4:28; 13:36; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17).
Can the same be said of us? Are we innocent?
Paul didn’t discriminate among who he witnessed and proclaimed the message. Do we?
This was a reference to Ezekiel 33:9. God compared a watchman for the children of Israel with Ezekiel himself. He told Ezekiel that it was his duty to tell Israel what he was told, and that if he did, then he would be innocent of the blood of the people, but if he did not, he would be guilty.
How about us?
We know the truth of the fact that people are dying and going to Hell today. Are we innocent of the blood of our family? Are we innocent of the blood of our friends? Coworkers? Are we innocent of the blood of those people that we see on a regular basis?
I’ve gone through a lot of requests that haven’t been made of us that are more severe than what has been requested of us.
We know what God requires of us. We know what it takes to be innocent. What are we willing to do about it?