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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 255/260: Paul and the Ephesians

Read Acts 19:1-7; Ephesians 4:4-6

One Baptism

Baptism is a very touchy subject for a lot of people. One group teaches one thing about baptism, while another teaches something entirely different. How are we to know what is correct?

God has revealed for us exactly what He wants us to know about baptism. First, it is immersion. This is the very definition of the Greek word God used. Words have meanings, and we cannot change the meanings of words just because we don’t like them. If God wanted to indicate sprinkling as a proper way to baptize, He would have used a different Greek word.

God also revealed the purpose of baptism. Take some time to look at these Scriptures and see what is written:

• It is for salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
• It is “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).
• It will “wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16).
• It is the means by which one gets “into Christ” and “into His death” (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4).

These are not trivial matters. They are eternally significant.

You may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t think this is how or why I was baptized.” You are not alone. There were twelve men in Ephesus in the same situation. They had been taught the baptism of John, not the baptism of Jesus. They had not been baptized for the proper purpose. What did they do when they found out? “When they heard this, they were baptized int eh name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).

Does it really matter, though? Paul wrote, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

Paul included seven things in this inspired list of “ones.” If “one baptism” is as good as another, why isn’t “one God” as good as another?

The Word Grows In Ephesus (Acts 19:11-20)

The Word Grows in Ephesus Acts 19:11-20

Acts 19:11-20

I. The miracles of Paul

    A. “Unusual” [NKJV], “special” [KJV], “extraordinary” [NASB] (Acts 19:11-12)
    B. Other examples (Acts 5:14-15; Mark 6:53-56)

II. Pretenders

    A. A misuse of the Lord’s name (Acts 19:13-14; Exodus 20:7; Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12)
    B. The demon’s mocking response (Acts 19:15)
    C. The demon cast out those who tried to cast him out (Acts 19:16) and the name of Jesus magnified (Acts 19:17)

III. Repentance in Ephesus

    A. The burning of books (Acts 19:18-19)
    B. “The word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed” (Acts 19:20)

The One Baptism (Acts 18:24-19:7)

The One Baptism Acts 18:24-19:7

Acts 18:24-19:7

I. Apollos, Aquila, and Priscilla

    A. Apollos, educated and eloquent, “knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:24-26a; Mark 1:4; Matthew 3:7-8)
    B. Aquila and Priscilla corrected him privately (Acts 18:26b)
    C. Apollos was corrected and continued his work for the Lord (Acts 18:27-28)

II. Paul and the Ephesians

    A. “Into John’s baptism” (Acts 19:1-4; Matthew 3:1-2; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19)
    B. Their reaction to Paul’s teaching: humble obedience (Acts 19:5)
    C. The gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6-7; Mark 16:20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10)

III. “Do I need to be rebaptized?”

    A. Infant baptism
    B. Sprinkling or pouring (Romans 6:3-5)
    C. Going along with the crowd/trying to please others
    D. Viewed as unnecessary/unessential (1 Peter 3:21)
    E. Baptized into a church/fellowship that operates contrary to New Testament authority (2 Timothy 2:10; Galatians 3:27)

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Day 43/260: Read Acts 19

There are many false notions about baptism in the religious world. Some view the act as nothing more than a ritual, “an outward sign of an inward grace.” That phrase is found nowhere within inspiration.

The men in Ephesus had been baptized, but for the wrong reason. They were baptized into John’s baptism, which was “a baptism of repentance” that pointed to the coming Messiah. The problem is that when these men were baptized, Christ had already come, been crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven. John’s baptism was no longer valid.

The reason for baptism was important then, and it is important now. Why were you baptized?

What is the reason for baptism, according to the Scriptures?

  • For salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)
  • For the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
  • To wash away sins (Acts 22:16)
  • To reenact Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5)
  • To get into Christ (Galatians 3:27)

Were you baptized for these reasons? If not, talk to a member of the church of Christ in your area. Study. Learn. Obey.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 20:28. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the _______________, among which the Holy Spirit has made you _______________, to shepherd the _______________ of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Pray

Pray for the boldness to obey Christ’s commands for the right reasons.