Have you ever suspected something?
Had a hunch?
Sometimes you cannot put you finger on something but your gut feel alerts you.
You just know something is missing and you have to play a bit of detective to get to the bottom of things!
Well here something was amiss, let’s see how Paul solves the mystery.
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. – Acts 19:1-5
Ok here the Holy Spirit’s effect in peoples lives is an indication of where they are at spiritually.
So here there are 2 clues:
- You receive the Holy Spirit when you believe.
- Receiving the Holy Spirit at baptism is linked.
So these two things need to happen for you to receive the indwelling Holy Spirit.
- Get baptised.
Also the type of baptism is also import and what you believed at that baptism.
- John’s baptism – Baptism of repentance & the had to believe in Jesus coming after him.
- Jesus’ baptism – For the forgiveness of sin and to receive the Holy Spirit.
That is why Paul asked what baptism they received.
Did you believe you received forgiveness of sin and the Hol Spirit at baptism?
Maybe it is time to study out baptism and who the candidates is therof.
Prayer for Today:
Wow so you receive the Holy Spirit when you believe and get baptised, how awesome is that! Lord help me in my unbelief and lack of repentance so that I might do your work! Amen.
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