Acts 20: Fallen People
Paul visited Ephesus in Acts 20 for what he knew was the last time. As a result, he had some very important things to communicate to the people that had gathered at that church.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Act 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Fallen humans have a tendency to take that which is good and turn it into something that is not. People were going to enter the church, a good institution, and they were going to try to make people depart away from the message of Jesus Christ. We don’t necessarily know how or what they were going to do, but Paul seems to take this type of intrusion as a very serious assault which needed to be countered.
There are plenty of good things in the world today. However, it seems like people have a way of twisting them into something that is not good. For kind of a ridiculous example, food is a good thing. However, too much of it is not healthy for anyone. It is something good that has the potential to be turned into something unhealthy.
If humans are able to abuse something even that simple, then it should not be surprising that some of them were going to try to come to mess up something that is similarly good. It strikes me as the reality of living in a fallen world. The church was instituted by Jesus Himself, and it is a great institution. However, it is comprised of imperfect humans, and it is not surprising that these imperfect people make mistakes. It does not mean that what God has established is the problem however. That is the important differentiation to make note of.