Reflections From ACTS 19: “THE WORD BRINGS LIBERTY BUT WITH IT OPPOSITION” PART 1


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As Paul’s travels ensue so do the varied ways in which God confirms the word with both liberating acts of power and great opposition to what is preached.  In Ephesus Paul explains to the disciples there that John’s baptism was one of repentance to believe in the coming one who was Jesus, but when they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus the text says:

“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.” (V.6)

In the beginning here there’s a place for further clarification of the fulfillment of Scripture.  Namely, the Holy Spirit has been poured out for both Jews and Gentiles to receive.  Now in this section when the men received the Holy Spirit it was evidenced by their speaking in tongues—a super natural gift of speech unknown to the speakers; and they also prophesied—a super natural utterance whose purposed is to edify those hearing.

We’re not given much more details here, yet the question remains as to whether or not tongues and prophecy always accompany those who are filled with the Holy Spirit.  Is this instance and others in Acts something we should always be expecting?  Some believers today would say yes and thus whole denominations have been spawned (E.g., Pentecostal and Charismatic persuasions) from the understanding that tongues and prophecy are to be expected as the evidence for the Spirit’s manifestation.

Nevertheless, Luke continues his emphasis on Paul’s manner of preaching and teaching which were supported by reasoning and persuading (V.8).  Paul eventually started a school in Tyrannus that lasted two years with the purpose of training the disciples in the word of the Lord.  Make no mistake about it, Paul, like Jesus, gave primacy to teaching the Scriptures and to veer off that path does not produce Disciples of Christ, but eventually yields disciples of men.

(SDG)

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