Acts 20:32 (NIV)
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace,
which can build you up and give you an inheritance
among all those who are sanctified.”
Introduction to our text .
As Paul was concluding his ministry to the saints at Ephesus he kindly and lovingly gives the pastors counsel as to how to best go forward in his absence.
You could say that Paul gave them a formula of sorts that would serve them well provided they took his words to heart and did just as he had instructed them.
Paul commits them to God; “Now I commit you to God”
and to the word of his grace; “”Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace”
- the word which can build you up
- the word that can give you an inheritance
- among all those who are sanctified
I. Paul commits…
“Now I commit you…”
According to the Free Dictionary the word “commits” can mean to entrust, consign. It’s the idea of transferring from oneself to the care and custody of another. Commit is the widest term, and may express only the general idea of delivering into the charge of another; as, to commit a lawsuit to the care of an attorney; or it may have the special sense of …
In the Bible the word “commits” is often used two ways.
The first is within the context of a command, namely, don’t give yourself over to the practice of sin.
Ex 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.
Dt 5:18 “You shall not commit adultery.
Mt 5:27 was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
The second is how the same word is used in a positive sense.
1Pe 4:19 to God’s will should commit themselves
Lk 23:46 into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Ps 37:5 commit your way to the Lord;
Pr 16:3 commit to the Lord whatever you do,
1Sa 7:3 and commit yourselves to the Lord
Ps 31:5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;