Memory verses for this week: Psa 46:2 Therefore will
not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains
be carried into the midst of the sea.
In Chapter 18, Paul went
to Corinth where he faced great opposition to the gospel by the
Jews. He did not give
up and continued to teach and preach for a long time, about a year
and half. This week, in Chapter 19, we see Paul at Ephesus
Paul at Ephesus
19:1 And it came to
pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through
the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
19:2 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 Holy
19:3 And he said unto
them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's
We saw in Chapter 18 where Apollos had been at
Ephesus and did much teaching.
At this time, he had gone to Corinth.
Paul meets these certain disciples and Paul asks them if they
had received the Holy Ghost. During
the early days of the church, the Holy Spirit was a very
misunderstood topic, and perhaps is still one of the greatest
mysteries in churches today. In
our day, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in every believer at the
moment we are saved. These
men did not understand at all about the Holy Spirit, and said they
had known only of Johnís baptism.
Perhaps Apollos had taught them some on what he knew of
baptism, but Paul elaborates on the need for baptism in order to be
a member of the local church. Surely they must have known that the Holy Ghost was coming.
3:11 I indeed baptize
you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall
baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
28:18 And Jesus came
and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven
and in earth.
28:19 Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
28:20 Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am
with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
19:4 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.
19:5 When they heard
this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
19:6 And when Paul had
laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they
spake with tongues, and prophesied.
19:7 And all the men
were about twelve.
When these disciples heard Paul concerning Jesus
Christ, they were baptized in the name and authority of Christ.
As had been the case several times before in the early days
of the church, the Holy Ghost came upon these early Christians when
hands were laid upon them. And
for the third time, we see these that received the Holy Ghost speak
in tongues. The other
two times were in Acts 2:4 and Acts 10:46.
2:4 And they were all
filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance.
10:44 While Peter yet
spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the
10:45 And they of the
circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with
Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of
the Holy Ghost.
10:46 For they heard
them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
10:47 Can any man
forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received
the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Some other places that the
Holy Ghost came upon those who were saved but they did not speak in
tongues was in Acts 4:8, 4:31, 8:17, and 9:17.
We believe that tongues had a specific purpose and time, and
were only in existence during the apostolic times based upon 1 Cor.
Cor 13:8 Charity never
faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether
there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it
shall vanish away.
Cor 13:9 For we know in
part, and we prophesy in part.
Cor 13:10 But when that
which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done
Paul in the Synagogue and
in the school of Tyrannus
19:8 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.
19:9 But when divers
were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before
the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples,
disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
19:10 And this
continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in
Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
We learn that Paul taught in the synagogue for
about three months. Many
were hardened and did not believe.
When this happened, Paul began to teach in the school of
Tyrannus each day. He
taught in this school for two years, and had results.
Everyone in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both the
Jews and the Greeks.
Miracles by Paul
19:11 And God wrought
special miracles by the hands of Paul:
19:12 So that from his
body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the
diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them
to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus,
saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
Since Satan had such a control
over this city, it was necessary that God allow Paul to perform some
special miracles so that the people might believe.
It seems that our cities are certainly full of control by
Satan this week. As I
prepare this lesson, it is September 18, 1999, and I was in Ft.
Worth about five miles from the Wedgewood Baptist Church Wednesday
before the tragedy where the eight people were killed by the gunman
who entered the sanctuary where some young people had gathered to
pray and opened fire. As
Governor George Bush said, this was a double tragedy in that it
happened in a place of love and hope.
As we see more and more shootings in schools and churches, we
realize the power that Satan has over people in our day.
The reports said that the gunman had lost all hope due to his
father dying in July. No
one can survive without hope, and our hope is not in man, but the
Lord Jesus Christ. What this world needs is not more social programs
and man made ideals, but they need Jesus Christ.
Christ is the hope of all who come unto Him.
No matter what we face, Jesus can see us through and we can
15:13 Now the God of
hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may
abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
2:12 That at that time
ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of
Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope,
and without God in the world:
2:13 But now in Christ
Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
In our lesson, Paul had special powers being
one of the apostles. This
was similar to when Elishaís bones were used to bring life to man
who touched them.
Ki 13:21 And it came to
pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of
men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when
the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived,
and stood up on his feet.
I donít understand the exact meaning of the
handkerchiefs and their use, but God used great power in order to
meet the power of Satan and to wipe out the demons.
It would be great if we could do things like this today, but
apostolic powers were but for a season.
We can still pray and if God chooses, people can be healed or
demons taken away. But it is not done by our powers or in the laying on of hands
like it was in those early days.
19:14 And there were
seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did
19:15 And the evil
spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are
19:16 And the man in
whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and
prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked
19:17 And this was
known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear
fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
We see that some of the Jews saw the miracles
wrought by Paul, and they decide to cast out evil spirits in the
name of Jesus. But
these men were imposters, and not saved men who truly knew Jesus
Christ. Note even the
evil spirit says ďJesus I know, Paul I know, but who are ye?Ē
Believe me, Satanís demons know Jesus Christ, and they know
each of us who are saved. But the lost man has no power over evil spirits that have
come upon him or her. It
says that the man leaped upon them and overcame them.
(these sons of Sceva.)
It says the word of this got around and fear fell upon all
those in Ephesus.
19:18 And many that
believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.
19:19 Many of them also
which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned
them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found
it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
19:20 So mightily grew
the word of God and prevailed.
The reason that we donít see many come to know
Christ as Savior today is that men do not have the fear of God in
them as they used to have. Until
a man or woman understands their lost condition, are convicted of
their sins and see themselves as hopeless and without any remedy
outside of Christ, they will never be saved.
But the lost sinner who is humble, repents of those sins and
turns to Christ in faith, that person will be saved and justified.
Because great fear came upon Ephesus, it says that many
believed and came confessed their sins and were saved.
And in an act that proved their salvation, they brought their
evil arts and books and burned them before the city.
It says that the cost of these books were 50,000 pieces of
silver. But when a person is saved, we donít have a desire to be in
the places of the world or take part in things that are against God.
And the results were that they grew in the word of God and
helps us like reading Godís word, and we need to do it everyday.
The Uproar of the Silversmiths in Ephesus
19:21 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.
19:22 So he sent into
Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and
Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
19:23 And the same time
there arose no small stir about that way.
19:24 For a certain man
named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana,
brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
19:25 Whom he called
together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye
know that by this craft we have our wealth.
19:26 Moreover 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 be no gods, which are made with hands:
19:27 So that not only
this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the
temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her
magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world
We see that when many were saved, Paul purposed in
his spirit to go to Rome. He
sent into Macedonia to find Timothy and Erastus.
About this time, the silversmith Demetrius caused a great
uproar due to the great loss of business he was having.
When people get saved, they wonít waste their money on
false silver idols like their goddess Diana.
And a silversmith makes much money when people buy his wares,
so he turned on Paul and those that believe in the name of Christ
Some of the things the silversmith claims are:
He says by this craft (making shrines to Diana)
that they had gained their wealth.
He declares that Paul had turned many people away,
not only in Ephesus but in all of Asia.
He declares that Paul had said that there were no
gods made by hands. (Which
of course was true)
He says that this was about to ruin his business.
By bringing in a little religion, Paul was causing
the great goddess Diana to be despised.
19:28 And when they
heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying,
Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having
caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in
travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the
disciples suffered him not.
And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends,
sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into
Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the
assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they
were come together.
And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews
putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would
have made his defence unto the people.
But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice
about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the
hearing Demetrius, the various silversmiths cause a great uproar
throughout the city. Some
of Paulís companions were taken into the theatre.
Paul determined to go in to their aid, but the disciples
would not let him for his own protection.
Note how this was such a typical mob type situation.
Many donít even know why they are gathered, and when
Alexander tries to speak in their defence, they all ran about crying
ďGreat is Diana of the Ephesians.Ē
And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye
men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city
of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of
the image which fell down from Jupiter?
Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye
ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither
robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him,
have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are
deputies: let them implead one another.
But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters, it
shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's
uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this
And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
see here the speech of the townclerk.
He quietly showed them that their proceedings were
undignified, unlawful, and dangerous.
In verse 35, he declares that e3verybody knows that he city
of the Ephesians was a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of
the image which fell down from Jupiter.
He rightly points out that the disciples had not robbed the
if Paul had been present, I believe with all my heart that he would
have spoken against this false god, Diana. The townclerk points out that they had unlawfully
arrested these men, and that if Demetrius had a grievance against
Paul under Roman jurisdiction, he should bring it before the
further states that if the grievance touched matters over which the
Greeks had jurisdiction, he should bring the case before the regular
session of that court. He
points out in verse 40 that they were in danger of being called
before the Romans to answer for this disturbance.
Calmer minds prevailed, and he dismissed the assembly.
When we do things decently and in order, God is glorified. We should never ourselves take part in any ďmob typeĒ
behaviour. The bible
says to be angry and sin not.
4:26 Be ye angry, and
sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
4:27 Neither give place
to the devil.
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