Paul traveled to Ephesus which was one of the greatest commercial centers of that time; perfectly located on the trade route from Rome to the other major cities to the East. While at Ephesus, Paul explains the true significance of John’s baptism in Acts 19:1-10 by clarifying the importance of repentance, accepting Jesus, and receiving the Holy Spirit. There were twelve disciples in Ephesus who had received John’s baptism of repentance but had not been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (v. 5).
Paul laid his hands on the twelve disciples and baptized them in Jesus name so they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s important for us to search the scriptures so the Holy Spirit will guide us and that we do not rely on someone who might lead us in the wrong direction. Today, we have at our fingertips, the ability to gain more information than ever and this presents both opportunities and challenges.
It’s important to ask for help in prayer as the Holy Spirit guides to an understanding of the Scriptures. Today will be amazing because we can dream about and put into action the steps needed to get people motivated towards knowing about and spreading God’s Word to as many places around this world as possible. That’s what Paul set out to accomplish when he shared the Good News of Christ at the lecture hall of Tyrannus and we have at our disposal the latest technology to make it happen to an even greater extent today.
This day with You Lord, we know the importance of being taught about Your Way and learning from each other. But of most importance is to search the Scriptures and to rely on the Holy Spirit to help us understand what You truly want us to do. Help us to take the proper steps towards sharing Your Word to as many places and as many people as possible. In Jesus Name. Amen.