Acts 21-23 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Everyone has a testimony! Paul shows us how to share it here, as well as in the next chapters. Quite simply it’s this: my life before Christ, how I met Christ, my life after believing in Christ. It can be as short as a minute, or as long as you want it to be.

Some believe that a passage like 22:16 teaches baptismal regeneration (the idea that baptism takes away sin). I’ll let the ESV Study Bible address the issue:

“Be baptized and wash away your sins does not imply that the physical act of baptism itself cleanses people spiritually from sin, for Ananias gives Paul two distinct commands. Thus baptism should be viewed as an outward symbol of the cleansing from sin that occurs when someone trusts in Jesus (cf. 1 Pet. 3:21). Belief leads to cleansing, but baptism pictures this. Because baptism pictures the reality, the two are often discussed as if they belong to the same act. As Heb. 10:19–22 shows, the believer’s sins are ‘washed away’ through faith in ‘the blood of Jesus,’ with the result that the believer is ‘sprinkled clean’ and ‘washed with pure water.’”

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