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Acts 19:1-7 (169)
1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied “New we have not even heard there is a Holy Spirit.” 3Then he said, “Into what were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s Baptism.” 4Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied - 7altogether there were about twelve of them.
Thanks be to God
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around is waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop to untie his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
Thanks be to God.
We do not fear judgment, because we know God is gracious freely. We do not fear death, because Christ has given us life. We know the benefits of living on the fringes: that’s where we experience God.