We continue by reading Acts 19:1-12
(When we believe we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and He begins to dwell in us. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a separate occurrence from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. However, having the Holy Spirit dwelling in us does not mean that He is automatically going to
function mightily in our lives. If we are not relying on His leadership, we will not experience His power – which is a necessity for the purpose of ministering to others.)
v1 Many people had disciples in those days. John had disciples (Matt 11:2,7), Yeshua had disciples etc. It would not be correct to assume these were disciples of Yeshua or that they were believers in Him.
v2 If they were disciples of Yeshua they would have heard of the teachings of the Holy Spirit as Yeshua Himself had frequently spoken of Him (Counselor, Spirit of truth etc)
v3 Water baptism was not new to the New Testament. They had happened in Jewish history long before Yeshua’s birth. People were baptized for the reason of wanting to serve G-d, turn away from sin and to be cleansed from impurity in their lives.
v4 John’s baptism prepared people for the Kingdom of G-d. These disciples didn’t know what came after John’s baptism, so Paul explained to them who Yeshua, the Messiah, was.
v5 Paul’s teaching revealed two things:
Yeshua is the Messiah, but He is also the L-rd of our lives (we need to submit to Him)
v6 Speaking in tongues is a miraculous gift showing the power and anointing of G-d.
- Prophesying is speaking the truth of G-d. More often than not prophecy is not so much telling about what will happen but it reveals what is appropriate for a right change so that we can be where we need to be for both the near and distant future. Prophecy is ALWAYS related to the Word of G-d.
v7 Twelve is a number related to the people of G-d (12 tribes, 12 disciples..) these people were not revealed as people of G-d until after they believed in Yeshua (very similar to much of Israel today – they believe in repentance, the Kingdom of G-d etc… they just don’t know the truth about Messiah – yet Rom 11:25-32)
v8 the new believers needed to be discipled, so Paul taught them for three months (with others in the synagogue) about the Kingdom of G-d.
v9 Some people in the synagogue rejected what Paul was saying – people are either kingdom or earthly minded.
- When we harden ourselves to the things of G-d we will experience spiritual loss.
- The disciples of Yeshua were referred to as those of “the Way”. A careful reading of Ex 33:12-13 reveals to us that Moses was asking for the Messiah – revealed in Yeshua who called Himself the Way (John 14v6). It is through receiving the Way (Yeshua) that we are going to find G-d.
v10 in Acts 16:6 the Holy Spirit kept Paul from ministering in Asia. The time had not been right but now it was right.
v11 these were not ordinary miracles but were very unusual. Miracles follow the word as they confirm the Word spoken (Mark 16:20, Heb 2:3-4)
v12 There was a great anointing on Paul
- Demons, unclean spirits and satan are real and we are called to wage war against them. We need to be thoroughly equipped for spiritual warfare (Eph 6:10-18)