Acts 19: Coming Full Circle
Yesterday, we talked about Apollos, and today we get to see how Paul handled believers who had been taught by Apollos in Acts 19.
Act 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,
Act 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 Ghost.
Act 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Act 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.
Paul pointed out again that they were going in the right direction, but they did not go far enough. Repentance was incredibly important, but there was also the necessity of a belief in Jesus Christ that came after that.
Think about society today. I don’t think you will run into anyone who would argue that we live in a perfect world. I think it is rather obvious that there is something that is wrong with the world. Some people might want to believe in the ultimate goodness of humanity, but I don’t really know that we can sustain that. It seems to make sense that the world is actually imperfect.
When faced with that reality, we can certainly be sorry about it. I think that is where repentance alone brings us to. We realize that we have messed up, and that is important. However, if we are just stuck there, then I don’t see that there is hope. The hope is a byproduct of what Jesus Christ did. Because Jesus paid the price, we can have eternal life. We need the repentance to recognize our hopelessness on our own, but we need the belief in Jesus Christ to actually understand what hope we actually have. It is a complete story as we saw yesterday.