OF SALVATION – 7 (Acts 19)
we have covered the Lord's commands and all of the detailed cases of conversions. However, there is one more incident
in the book of Acts that is of interest. It is in Acts 18:24-19:7.
covers Paul's journey and preaching to/at Athens. From there he went to Corinth
and established the church there, as recorded in Acts 18:1-17. He converted Priscilla and Acquilla there and left them
at Ephesus. The events in the rest of Acts 18 involve
them and Appolos at Athens. Appolos was baptized by
John the Baptist, but was never baptized by the authority of Jesus Christ.
19 involves Paul with some who also seem to be under this same influence (i.e., they had the idea that the baptism of John
was adequate). Notice that the only problem with Apollos' teaching was that he
was “knowing only the baptism of John.” This would not seem to be something that most people would find
to be a problem today. However, Luke found it worthy of documenting, and Pricilla and Acquilla felt it necessary to
“expound unto him the way of the Lord more accurately.” While his not understanding
it when he did would
seem to be quite understandable, there is no doubt that had he persisted in this false teaching it would have divided the
church and he would have been labeled as a false teacher.
reinforce this, Luke chose to follow the events in Athens with Acts 19:1-7,
deals with the same subject when Paul got to Ephesus.
19:1-7: “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came
to Ephesus, and found certain disciples: and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they
(said) unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was (given).
And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism.
And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him
that should come after him, that is, on Jesus. And when they heard this, they
were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands
upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And they were in all about twelve men.
- The term "receive the Holy Spirit" is an interesting one, which is used
in various ways in the New Testament. Here it seems clear from the context that Paul was inquiring regarding a miraculous
reception of the Holy Spirit.
- We saw in Acts 8 that it was "through the laying on of the apostles’
hands that the Holy Spirit was given" (Acts 8:18), so Paul (as an apostle) would be qualified to do this. The very question
infers that some Christians had received such gifts and others had not, as also taught in 1 Cor. 12, 13 and 14.
- In verse 3 Paul inquires further and finds out that they have not been baptized
by the authority of Jesus – only by John the Baptist. This is not sufficient, and we see their immediate response
to learning the truth in verse 5. They are baptized once again, but this time
by the authority of Jesus Christ.
- After this Paul lays his hands on them and imparts to them spiritual gifts. This is further proof that the baptism that they were commanded was water baptism and not baptism in the
Lesson 8 is an outline of all of
the conversions in the book of Acts. This is an excellent outline so that you can continue your study of God's plan
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