Paul at Ephesus

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”

So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”

4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.

8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. — Acts 19:1-10.

Paul builds on the teaching of John the Baptist when he is at Ephesus. The people there have only been baptized with John’s baptism (of repentance). Paul emphasises the need to believe on Jesus Christ and to be baptized. They believe and are baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul lays hands on them, the Holy Spirit comes on them and the twelve men speak in tongues and prophesy. God again vindicates his apostles’ authority in a new arena.

After preaching for three months in the synagogue, hardened Jewish sinners defame Christianity before the multitude. Paul moves to the school of Tyrannus for two years to continue teaching in Asia to both Jews and Greeks about the Lord Jesus Christ

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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