CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 57

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 19:6 ” And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”

 In this passage we see Apostle Paul rightly dividing the word of truth. We must study the word of God, to show ourselves approved unto God as workmen that need not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth. 2nd Timothy 2:15. He had been diligent to know the scriptures and corrected these brethren.

  These brethren were baptised earlier, but after the baptism of John the Baptist. Apostle Paul went ahead and baptised them in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Was it necessary to baptise them in the name of the Lord Jesus?

    Yes, it was very necessary. Their earlier baptism had no answer to the name of Jesus. 1st Peter 3:21 throws light on this issue, ” The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not putting away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by the resurrection from the dead.” The essence of baptism saving us or completing our salvation is when we respond to the Gospel by confessing sincerely to the lordship of Jesus. Everyone who is baptised must give a response to the work of Jesus on the cross. This is what makes the baptism beneficial. If you were baptised and were unconscious of what happened, then it will just be proper you get baptised being conscious of what was done and a corresponding response of a good conscience to the great work of salvation.

     After baptising them in water, in the name of the Lord Jesus, he laid his hands on them and the Holy Spirit came upon them. They were baptised in the Holy Spirit as well with an evidence of speaking in tongues

 Is it necessary for every Christian to encounter this baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues?  I would say yes. The Lord Jesus said this experience fills the Christian with power. Acts 1:8. Some have played down on speaking in tongues because they claim they do not understand what is said and so it does not make sense. It is very unfortunate for any Christian to despise any Christian experience because it does not make sense.  Our father God is supernatural and a lot of things about Him is supernatural and does not make sense. .1 Corinthians 1:21 ” For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

 Speaking in tongues is the highest and best way to pray. You do not make mistakes speaking in tongues. (1st Corinthians 1:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful”:  Your mind has no part to play when praying in tongues it comes from your spirit.

  PRAYER

I pray for all those who have allowed their minds to lead them in relation to God, Lord may the Holy Spirit overwhelm their minds to submit to Him.

FURTHER STUDY:    

 Acts 8:16-17 “(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.”

1 Corinthians 14:2 “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

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