- Acts 19:1-5
- Acts 19:1 (KJB)
- And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having
passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain
- After Paul had visited the churches of South Galatia which he founded on
his first missionary journey, he went through the higher-lying regions to
arrive at Ephesus. When he was in Ephesus, he had found about twelve
disciples who were truly godly and pious but at this juncture, it is not
known if they were only followers of John the Baptist and not of the entire
true Gospel. Nevertheless, Paul was able to find a group of people who
- Acts 19:2 (KJB)
- He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any
- These disciples no doubt had discussed some spiritual things with Paul
but he no doubt sensed that something was missing from their testimony. He
probably knew immediately that they were disciples of John. So he poses the
question to them concerning receiving the Holy Ghost. They were completely
ignorant of the fact of the Holy Ghost who indwells the believer at the
moment of salvation. They no doubt heard of God the Father and no doubt
heard of Jesus the Son of God, but did not know about the Third person of
the Godhead. After hearing John, they probably did not know that the Holy
Spirit had come at Pentecost about 20 years prior to this present time. This
verse is not teaching that a person becomes saved and then at some future
time they receive the Holy Spirit. (Rom 8:9 KJV) But ye are not in
the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
If one does not have the Holy Spirit, and even if they were followers of
John the Baptist, it meant they were still unsaved. It is like a person who
is in the church all their life and is religious, then one day the Lord
truly saves them, up until the time they were saved, they were still
unbelievers but religious, meaning they were still unsaved because religion
does not save.
- Acts 19:3 (KJB)
- And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said,
Unto John's baptism.
- Since the true believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit upon salvation
and a person cannot be a Christian unless they receive the Holy Spirit, Paul
then goes on to ask them unto what were ye baptized? They could have been
baptized unto Moses or for the dead. (1 Cor 15:29 KJV) Else what
shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?
why are they then baptized for the dead? Paul wanted
them to tell him and then he would build upon that and show them the right
way. They told him that they were baptized unto Johnís baptism.
- Acts 19:4 (KJB)
- Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance,
saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come
after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
- Paul had then explained to them that the baptism of John was a
preparatory message and ministry. He explained to them that repentance was
the beginning of Johnís message but the most important part of Johnís
message was that the people were to believe on Him who came after him, that
is, the Lamb of God. (John 1:27 KJV) He it is, who coming after me
is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
(John 1:29 KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Salvation comes through the Lord Jesus Christ and it is to Him that we look.
- Acts 19:5 (KJB)
- When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
- They may have received two baptisms that day. The first one is the
important one which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5
KJV) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the
Holy Ghost not many days hence. Then the second
baptism is that of water as an outward testimony of what took place inside
you. (Acts 8:36 KJV) And as they went on their way, they came unto
a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder
me to be baptized?