From Pastor Perry

01/12/2014 Acts 19:1-10

Acts 19:1–10 (ESV)
Paul in Ephesus
19 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Today’s text tells us that Paul is coming through Ephesus, but Apollos is not there... he went to Corinth.  Paul found some of the disciples that were with Apollos who did not have a complete understanding of their faith.  These disciples were followers of Jesus Christ and had received John’s baptism, but not the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  John’s disciples had scattered after John lost his head (literally).  They may not have understood that John’s Baptism was pointing to Jesus Christ.  They are not aware of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit as evidenced by Paul’s question.  Paul had asked “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  It is interesting that this text has popped up today because this Sunday is the liturgical day of “The Lord’s Baptism.”  After Pentecost, the Holy spirit is given freely to those who are baptized.

I pray: O Lord, I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life.  Help me to share the good story of the Gospel so that they too can receive the Holy Spirit.  Your Word tells us that “he who believes and is baptized will be saved.”  Thank you. Amen.

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