Acts 19: 1-20
There's a lot of stuff going on in these twenty verses from Acts Chapter 19. You sorta have to break it down and read it slow and think on it for a little bit.
Paul arrived in Ephesus and met up with 12 disciples; basically 12 men that were followers of John the Baptist. Paul questioned their faith and it appears they weren't saved. They did get baptized by water according to the teachings of John, but because they didn't have the Holy Spirit living within them, they were simply men that went through the process of getting wet. It seems they didn't get the full concept of asking Jesus for forgiveness of their sins and asking Him to come into their lives. Yes, they may have gotten dunked in a water pool, but they didn't know that this was just an outward expression of their salvation. Paul presented them with the memo and they believed.
This is similar to how many people believe today. Some think they are saved because of a bloodline genetic thing handed down from a family member. Or maybe by going to church and shaking the preacher's hand. Some may actually go through the process of getting baptized and think that's what it's all about. But, it's not! It's about true repentance. It's where a person realizes they are lost in sin without Jesus and have never asked for forgiveness of it and turned from it. True repentance is where you know that you are separated from God because of the junk in your life. The Holy Spirit convicts your heart and one day you wake up and call out to Jesus to save you with sincerity, not from repeating some meaningless words that someone tells you to say. It's real and from your heart. That's the deal! The day you got saved is when the Holy Spirit began living within you.
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