Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Paul, in the previous ten verses, summarized his ministry to the Ephesians with emphasis on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now he turns to necessary instructions to the elders of the church and us today as he warns against fierce wolves for the outside and individuals from within who have twisted the Scriptures.
We need to clothe ourselves in the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18) and be fervent in prayer to ensure that we are diligent in our ministries, being always careful to preach and teach the full Gospel, not some adulterated and twisted version that tickles itching ears. (2 Tim. 4:3)
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 97
Evening: Psalm 34
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