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Commentary is forthcoming for this text. (3) Those whose baptism was an action initiated by others, not themselves, or whose baptism was in their hearts undertaken for any unscriptural purpose, such as (a) merely going with the group, (b) primarily to please parents, husband, wife, or other persons, or (c) any purpose other than that of surrendering the soul to the Lord as commanded in the gospel and for the purpose of coming "into Christ," receiving the forgiveness of sins and the promise of the Holy Spirit. From their nature they would be costly, and books then bore a value above any standard we are familiar with. . We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Gaius and Aristarchus ... A Gaius (Acts 20:4) was Paul's companion, but was there said to have been of Derbe; Paul baptized a Gaius in Corinth with his own hands (1 Corinthians 1:14); and a Gaius was Paul's host in Corinth when Romans was written (Romans 16:23); and the apostle John addressed his Third Epistle to Gaius. So he sent into Macedonia . They are called disciples (9:1, 10), which means followers or learners of Jesus. 40. 18-20. many that believed came and confessed . Second Reading. As a result of that cleansing, “the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing” (19:20). 18:23 ), but we have not forgotten, nor has he, the promise he made to his friends at Ephesus, to return to them, and make some stay there; now this chapter shows us his performance of that promise, his coming to Ephesus, and his continuance there … And ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they are no gods, that are made with hands. (1) Those who were baptized in infancy, or at a time in childhood so early that no adequate understanding of the ordinance was possible. "Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that … If it was in the house of Aquila and Priscilla that he found an asylum (see 1 Corinthians 16:9 ), that would explain Romans 16:3 Romans 16:4 , where he says of them that "for his life they laid down their own necks" [HOWSON]. 34. Commentary on Psalm 29. There are some indications that Paul taught for several hours a day, and some six days a week. (1-2) Saul’s purpose in traveling to Damascus. Proud member Gospel. 19 While Apollos. 19 ... 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. [32] E. M. Blaiklock, Cities of the New Testament (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1965), p. 63. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" . The title "Neoceros," meaning temple-sweeper, or temple-keeper, was held in the highest esteem by cities thus designated; and the use of it here tended to palliate and diminish the savage passions of the mob. [28] Herbert Lockyer, All the Men of the Bible (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958), p. 113. The principal industry of Ephesus was that of manufacturing and selling images. January 8, 2012. 23. the same time--of Paul's proposed departure. All other rights reserved. The mob, however, refused to hear him, there being much prejudice against Jews also; and to drown out Alexander, they shouted for two hours, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians." James Rosscup: "This work, originally out in 1857, has proved helpful to many, though it is now far out of date as to literature commenting on Acts.For many basic details verse by verse, it still is of good value and often will help on word meaning … Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. . 30-34. when Paul would have entered in--with noble forgetfulness of self. * These six brothers: companions from the Christian community of Joppa (see Acts 10:23). This was the city secretary, or scribe; and, according to Hervey, "was an office of first-rate influence among the Greek cities of Asia. Like some other far-famed idols, it was believed to have fallen from heaven ( Acts 19:35 ), and models of it were not only sold in immense numbers to private persons, but set up for worship in other cities [HOWSON]. naked and wounded--This was so appalling a testimony at once against those profane impostors and in favor of Paul and the Master whom he preached, that we wonder not that it spread to "all the Jews and Greeks at Ephesus, that fear fell on them," and that "the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.". Commentary on Acts 19:1-7 View Bible Text . ... Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. so that they fled . Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given. Churches arose at Colosse, Laodicea, and Hierapolis eastward, either through his own labors or those of his faithful helpers whom he sent out in different directions, Epaphras, Archippus, Philemon ( Colossians 1:7 , 4:12-17 , philemon 1:1 1:23 ). Acts 1:8 Commentary; Acts 20:17-27 Commentary; Acts 20:28-38 Commentary; JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Acts Commentary (1857, 1866) (Over 1000 pages!) when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem . 19. But when some were hardened and refused belief, he severed himself from them(from the synagogue) and separated the Christians, (henceforth) discoursing daily in the school of a certain Tyrannus. 2 Thessalonians. When they heard this--not the mere words reported in Acts 19:4 , but the subject expounded according to the tenor of those words. ( A) was at Corinth, ( B) Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. Psalm. Luther Seminary. The very fact of these exorcists pretending to use the name of Jesus proves that they had no confidence in the methods they had been using; for if their previous methods had been effective, there would have been no need for a change. . It was four hundred twenty-five feet long by two hundred twenty broad, and the columns, one hundred twenty-seven in number, were sixty feet in height, each of them the gift of a king, and thirty-six of them enriched with ornament and color. He said: Timothy and Erastus ... Timothy frequently traveled with Paul; and, again and again, made excursions in Paul's name to visit the young churches (Acts 17:16,17). Have ye received the Holy Ghost?— The extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, as well as his sanctifying graces? We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost--This cannot be the meaning, since the personality and office of the Holy Ghost, in connection with Christ, formed an especial subject of the Baptist's teaching. Have ye received the Holy Ghost? First and Second Corinthians, Galatians and Romans "all belong to the period of Paul's third missionary journey," according to ISBE, although, as noted earlier (introduction to Acts 15), there appear to be good reasons to suppose that Galatians might properly belong to the period near the time of the Jerusalem council. I must see Rome ... Paul's plans were made prayerfully and with his considered best judgment; and here is the first historical mention of his avowed purpose of going to Rome, a purpose often thwarted, until at last, in circumstances he could never have dreamed of, he came down the Appian way, between two soldiers, wearing a chain. And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. So that not only this our craft is in danger . Bible > Bible Commentary; Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; Acts; Acts 19; John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes << Acts 18 | Acts 19 | Acts 20 >> (Read all of Acts 19) Verse 2 [2] He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? "[32], The temple was a vast structure, four times the size of the Greek Parthenon of Pericles, having some 80,000 square feet.[33]. "He was sent on in advance to warn and exhort, saving the apostle from the necessity of using severity when he himself arrived."[31]. The history of Ephesus is, in fact, the history of those temples. 3. Here is presented by Luke the story of certain Christians who needed re-baptism ( Acts 19:1-7 ), a record of Paul's mighty successes in Ephesus ( Acts 19:8-13 ), the account of the exorcists who were exorcised ( Acts 19:14-20 ), a summary of Paul's further work in Asia ( Acts 19:21-22 ), and a full account of the uproar created by Demetrius and the shrine-makers ( Acts … The lesson should be clear to all, that no man has a right merely to appropriate the name of Jesus. concerning other matters--of a public nature. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? 9. when divers--"some." and of the image which fell down from Jupiter--"from the sky" or "from heaven." The truth cannot be drowned out by any such noise; although, of course, it may win a temporary victory. 1. Commentaries for Acts Chapter 19 Witness at Ephesus: Facing Opposition An anthropologist studying the effects of Christianity on an Amazonian tribe may ask, "Does Christianity kill culture?" This was the country north of Ephesus. It is no coincidence that this riot took place after the professing believers confessed their secret sins and openly demonstrated their repentance by burning their sorcery books (19:18-19). Are there not thousands who say, "O yes, I am a Christian," who really have no right to such a claim? Chapter 19. . Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. [16] John Mackay, God's Order (New York: The Macmillan Company), 1953), p. 97. SIGNAL SUCCESS OF PAUL AT EPHESUS. Galatians. [14] Sir William M. Ramsay, Pictures of the Apostolic Church (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1959), p. 216. Bookmarks. "A sermon cannot do everything, but as a congregation celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord, it is an opportunity for the preacher to speak about the many levels of baptism. Acts 28. . (1-2) In Ephesus, Paul finds some disciples who had not yet received the Holy Spirit. Colossians. [2] E. H. Trenchard, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 325. To prevent him obtaining a hearing, they drowned his voice in one tumultuous shout in honor of their goddess, which rose to such frantic enthusiasm as took two hours to exhaust itself. "[7] "They had been baptized by some of John's disciples after the baptism of John had been invalidated. The passage across was quite a short one the close of this long stay at Ephesus, as we learn from 1 Corinthians 16:8 , he wrote his FIRST EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS; also (though on this opinions are divided) the EPISTLE TO THE to Galatians). And it came to pass that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. PAUL CAME TO EPHESUS, AND FOUND CERTAIN DISCIPLES . “Purposed in the spirit”: Probably his own spirit, not the Holy Spirit. . 31. Great is Diana of the Ephesians--the civic cry of a populace so proud of their temple that they refused to inscribe on it the name of Alexander the Great, though he offered them the whole spoil of his Eastern campaign if they would do it [STRABO in HOWSON]. Ephesians. 1p. Commentary on Acts 19:1-7. two years--in addition to the former three But during some part of this period he must have paid a second unrecorded visit to Corinth, since the one is twice called his third visit ( 2 Corinthians 12:14 , 13:1 ). . Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that … The dates of all these "four great, or principal epistles of Paul" belong to studies of the epistles themselves. Aristarchus ... was a Thessalonian (Acts 20:4), thus also a Macedonian; and from other references in Acts 27:2; Colossians 4:10, and Philemon 1:1:24, it appears that he continued with Paul through thick and thin: The reason for seizing these two fellow-workers of Paul was likely that of doing them bodily injury. Commentary on Acts 19:1-7. And about that time there arose no small stir concerning the Way. Did they suppose that all this was going to be overturned by a set of itinerant orators? It tells of Apollos, who “knew only the baptism of John” (18:25). Paul, coming to Ephesus, finds certain disciples who had not received the gift of the Holy Ghost, knowing only the baptism of John, but receive it through the imposition of his hands, Acts 19:1-7. 37. [5] Alexander Campbell, Acts of Apostles (Austin, Texas: Firm Foundation Publishing House), p. 126. 8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. (1) Both at an early point in their ministries heal lame men (Acts 3:2ff; 14:8ff). As a matter of fact, some of the parallels are not discernible at all, except upon careful study. A careful reading of the first part of Acts 19 reveals several facts about this group of twelve men: 1) They were “disciples”—but not of Christ. . 1 Timothy. 14-17. seven sons of . "[36] One of the requirements of their office was that they should provide at their own expense the public games in honor of the gods and the deity of the emperor. And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly. beckoned with the hand--compare Acts 13:16 , 21:40 . . Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. INTERNATIONALLY WRONGFUL ACTS General commentary (1) These articles seek to formulate, by way of codifi-cation and progressive development, the basic rules of international law concerning the responsibility of States for their internationally wrongful acts. As to all the facts, or at least the significancy, of this baptism, which made the whole life and work of Christ another thing from what it was conceived to be before it was vouchsafed, these simple disciples were unenlightened. Now after these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 1 Corinthians. and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver--probably about $10,000 (presuming it to be the drachma). And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this. The reality of such possessions could not be more clearly expressed. “It happened that, while Apollos was at Corinth” (v. 1a). : Fleming H. Revell Company, 1962), p. 97. Countless thousands became Christians; and many public officials and leaders of the people became friendly to the apostolic preachers, as is clearly evidenced by the event Luke next reported (19:23ff). Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”. Paul in Ephesus. It has been said that the temple of Diana was the equivalent in ancient pagan society to the Bank of England in modern times. Print. Before leaving this, it should be inquired what application this has for the Christians today and for those who desire to declare the whole counsel of God. The priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees arrested Peter and John and tried them before … NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: ACTS 19:1-7 1 It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. After I have been there, I must also see Rome--Mark here the vastness of the apostle's missionary plans. (5) Both miraculously escape from prison (Acts 12:7ff; 16:25ff). Then said Paul, John . And when Paul was minded to enter in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. It is a mistake to make another Pentecost out of this. Thus, the ancient pagan priests and their supporting craftsmen were one in heart with the high priestly concessionaires in the temple of God in Jerusalem. 1) Then, while Apollos was [still] at Corinth, Paul traveled through the [western] districts and came to Ephesus where he found some disciples. Such an effort would have dissipated much of the fierce energy of the crowd, opening the way for the dismissal of the unruly throng by the highest official in the city, a little later. "Several authorities suggest that these two men are the same person";[28] and strong agreement is felt with Plumptre who declared that "Erastus may fairly be identified with the chamberlain or steward of Corinth (Romans 16:23). 1 And it happened, while a Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through b the upper regions, came to Ephesus. . Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Acts 19:1-7. Commentary on Genesis 1:1-5. EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: The preceding story (18:24-28) is related to this one. Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?--rather, "Received ye the Holy Ghost when ye believed?" . Under the typical charismatic reading, there is an inconsistency: Paul would have to be asking the question in one text, yet denying it needed asking in others. «John Acts Romans» 1 Chapter 19. In Acts 19:12 the sweat cloths (“handkerchiefs,” KJV, NIV, NASB) Paul apparently tied around his head while making tents were taken to heal the sick (F F Bruce, New International Commentary on the New Testament, Acts, p.384). baptized with the baptism of repentance--water unto repentance. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all. If therefore, Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. Acts Chapter 19 Continued. (6) Both figure in miracles emanating from their bodies (Acts 5:15; 19:12). 24-26. silver shrines for--"of" Diana--small models of the Ephesian temple and of the shrine or chapel of the goddess, or of the shrine and statue alone, which were purchased by visitors as memorials of what they had seen, and were carried about and deposited in houses as a charm. 17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to g Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers ... A marvelous insight into Paul's method of preaching appears quite incidentally here. Acts 9:1-19 "The Conversion Of Saul" Acts 9:20-43 "Paul's Early Years/The Healing Ministry of Peter" BRIAN BILL. their deeds--the dupes of magicians, &c., acknowledging how shamefully they had been deluded, and how deeply they had allowed themselves to be implicated in such practices. The great Ephesian temple of Artemis (loosely identified with Diana) was ranked by ancient writers as one of the seven wonders of the world, its importance deriving not merely from its architectural beauty and size, but from the status which the temple management enjoyed as "banker of the whole world." God orchestrated a meeting between Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch on the Gaza road west of Jerusalem (8:26), and Jesus met Saul outside of Jerusalem as he approached Damascus (9:3). saying that they be no gods which are made with hands--The universal belief of the people was that they were gods, though the more intelligent regarded them only as habitations of Deity, and some, probably, as mere aids to devotion. Having found certain disciples — Who had been formerly baptized by John the Baptist, and since imperfectly instructed in Christianity, he said, Have ye … Paul previously had wanted to preach in Asia but was forbidden (Acts 16:6); now it was different, and tremendous success attended his efforts. Seeing then that these things cannot be gainsaid, ye ought to be quiet, and, to do nothing rash. We have not so much as heard - Whether there be any such gifts. If infant baptism is adequate, then baptism without faith, confession, or repentance is valid; and this we hold to be absolutely impossible of acceptance. They receive the Holy Spirit. Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. "They were ten in number, representing the ten cities of Proconsular Asia; they presided over all sacred rites. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. "Commentary on Acts 19:4". 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