Acts 19:1-7 — Going beyond repentance

In this passage, we see some people that were similar to Apollos, but different.  Like Apollos, they had been disciples of John, but unlike Apollos, they were unaware of the one John had been pointing to.

So while they had been baptized by John, they had probably left him before Jesus’ baptism, and John’s declaration of him.  In other words, they had repented of their sins, but were not yet following Jesus.

And so Paul taught them about Jesus, after which they believed and were baptized both in water and in the Holy Spirit.

I suppose that if there’s one thing to get from this passage, it’s that it’s not enough to be sorry for your sins and repent.  It’s not enough to say that you want to follow God.  You also must put your faith in Jesus.  Jesus isn’t one of many ways to God.  He is the only way.  And if you don’t have him, you have nothing.

How about you?  Have you put your faith in Jesus?  It starts with a prayer.

Father, I know that I have sinned.  I’ve been going my own way and have hurt you, others, and even myself.  Forgive me.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin and rose again.  Now be my Lord.  Be my king.  From now on, I want to follow you.  In Jesus name, amen.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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