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July 12, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 19 (ESV)

And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 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.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 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.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.There were about twelve men in all.....Continue Reading

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  1. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

  2. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4And 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.”

  3. Although tongues are not a normative part of every person’s salvation, it seems in Acts that as each new group is introduced to the gospel, the gift of tongues is provided for them and for others to show that they too can be and need to be saved. The group here are some disciples of John the baptist. When John was ministering, he was the one declaring the truth of God, but only as a means to bring people to Jesus. For those who believed John but had not accepted Jesus, they too needed salvation. For them, there would be no means for them to receive the baptism of the Spirit, because Jesus’ forgiveness of sins needed to proceed that.. So to make sure they knew they needed this Spirit baptism and to show that they got it, tongues are provided. We just don’t need to think everyone’s salvation has to include that because that is not what the Bible says.

    And you got to love these sons of Sceva, Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you? This is a classic example of having symbol without substance. They talk about Jesus and Paul, but they don’t have salvation, the Spirit or the depth of maturity to engage in spiritual battle, and the evil spirts know that. I hope we are not ones who cling to the symbols of Christ and godliness, but don’t have its substance.

    And what ripple effects the gospel has as it infuses a community, effecting the profit of business men making idols. SO they stir up the crowd and an uproar happens in Ephesus. I like where it says some didn’t even know why they were there. Crowds are like that…let me join the protest because its a protest not because I know or care what is being protested. And the city clerk has some wise words even if it is just expressing the provision and protections that comes from proper government and law.

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