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Living Life

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  • July 2018
2018. 7. 23 | Which Baptism? (Acts 19:1~10)

1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples
2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied.
4 Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."
5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

 

 

Reflection

Did You Receive the Holy Spirit? (19:1–7)

When Paul arrives in Ephesus, he meets some members of the church who have not received the Holy Spirit despite having been baptized. Similarly to Apollos in the previous chapter, these believers only know about John’s baptism and probably know very little about Jesus’ ministry and His work of salvation. The Holy Spirit has not come upon them as they do not have a saving faith in Christ. It is only when we believe in Christ that we are saved because it is Christ’s death that brings an end to our old sinful self and Christ’s resurrection that gives us a new life in Him. Let us thank the Lord for this new life through which we can glorify God and for His Spirit through whom we can bear fruit on this earth.

 

How is the fruit of the Holy Spirit being manifested in your life right now? What are some of the fruits you desire to bear for God’s kingdom?

 

God Works through Adversity (19:8–10)

As Paul preaches in the synagogue in Ephesus, he encounters strong opposition from the local Jews. The opposition is so severe that after three months, Paul decides to move to a different location, a lecture hall of Tyrannus. In this new venue, Paul has the opportunity to lecture and discuss God’s Word daily for two years. During that time, God grants Paul an extremely fruitful ministry, and many Jews and Gentiles in the region become believers. As we witness for Christ, there will be times when people slander or reject us. Instead of being discouraged, however, let us stay faithful to the Lord. God can turn every situation, even the hardships we face, to build up His kingdom on this earth.

 

How can you continue to witness for Christ when people are hostile to you? How has God strengthened your faith in the past when you trusted in Him through adversity?

 

A letter to God 

Thank you, Lord, for Your Holy Spirit, through whom I can witness about You to the world. Thank you that even in the midst of trials and adversity, You are working in my life. Help me to trust that every trial is meant to make me a stronger Christian. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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