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In this passage, we see the apostle Paul submitting to a holiness tradition – the Narazite vow. It is clear that Paul knew his position in Christ. Therefore this cleansing ritual was not to bring Paul into a right relationship with God; it was to preserve and support his relationship with others. Paul would go to all possible lengths to ensure that no barrier came between the gospel and those hearing his message.
Even though Paul was arrested, he still found a way to share his testimony. In this, he obeyed Jesus’s commission – to spread the Good News to every nation. Paul’s journey was not easy – our journeys are often not easy – but he put his trust in the Lord, and so must we.
Paul’s travels bring him into contact with yet more believers. Their warm welcome shows how completely they have forgiven him for his history as a persecutor of the church, present and assenting to the murder of the martyr Stephen. Simply, the believers love Paul.
These brothers and sisters in Christ warn Paul of the risks he faces, pursuing his course; these warnings are based on revelation from the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, Paul single-mindedly continues as he believes he must, to share the gospel to many nations, even at the risk of his own life. Paul is committed to the mission.
After a long season of ministering and teaching, now Paul addresses the Ephesians elders, in humility. He is walking in the narrow path set before him by the Holy Spirit. He charges the elders to continue the task of caring for the church – protecting the Christians from the attacks that would surely come.