Acts 19:1-20

1-7: The “disciples” mentioned here are disciples of John. They serve as a reminder that it’s not enough to believe in God, even if you repent of your sins. You need to believe in Jesus too. His death is what takes away the penalty for our sins! When they believed they also displayed signs that they had received the Holy Spirit. Did they all speak in tongues and prophesy, or just some of them? Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12 would suggest that only some of them did, but this is also a unique situation.

8-10: Paul displays his heart for discipleship again! Even if he can’t bring people to Jesus, he can bring them closer to Jesus.

11-20: Have you ever wondered why some of today’s so called faith healers have people send in handkerchiefs or other items? This is why. It’s probably a good thing that they aren’t dealing with people directly, especially when it comes to the demonic, otherwise they might hear: “I know about Jesus, and I am acquainted with Paul, but who are you?” Note here that it’s not simply saying the name of Jesus that causes healing. When we read about doing things in the “name” of Jesus it means identifying with and believing in the name. When the apostles heal in the name of Jesus, they are doing it because of their intimate connection with him, their understanding that they are doing what He desires, and because of the power of the Holy Spirit working through them.

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