Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Acts 19:1-10

Today's reading is an interesting one. But what is the message it is trying to convey? Is it trying to say that Christians need two baptisms? No, I do not think so. Let's have a look at the message I think is being given in this passage.

In verses 4 and 5 Paul is talking with some "disciples" who have not heard of the Holy Spirit and he states, "Paul said, 'John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.' On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus."

To me this is saying that to become a full fledged Christian, a true Christian, one must do two things (no, not the need of two baptisms). One must repent of sin (be truly sorry for your sin and lead a changed life) and one must turn to Christ (have faith that He is the Savior, love Him with all our heart, and follow His teachings). It is not good enough to do one or the other, Christians must do both.

Today's reading goes on to talk about the Holy Spirit coming on to these people and they "spoke in tongues and prophesied". How do we know when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives? I mean does it have to be something as obvious as speaking in tongues or prophesying? I submit the answer is no. Just as Rob preached last weekend and just like the book of James tells us, I think you can tell when the Holy Spirit comes into someone's life by the deeds that person does. The Holy Spirit helps us lead changed lives (helps us with our repentance) and helps us put our faith into practice. What a glorious God to send each of us such help. God gives us the guide book in which to live our lives and sends us help to do it. I do not know about you, but I think that is very awesome.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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