Apollos was off to Corinth but Paul landed in Ephesus. He found some disciples there who knew nothing of the Holy Spirit but had only been baptized into John’s baptism. (Makes you wonder if these were men convinced by Apollos before he got the full scoop.)
Paul explained the difference (I’m gratified to find that what he told them was along the lines of what I had been thinking.) Now they were baptized in the name of Jesus. The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
As was his custom Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly about the Kingdom of God. After 3 months some people became stubborn, continued in their unbelief and began to bad mouth “the way”. Paul packed up and moved his preaching over to Tyrannus’ hall. (I’m thinking things were becoming detrimental to the growth of the disciples because he took them with him.)
And so he began to preach there daily for two years. And every resident of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. (Two years DAILY? I thought 100+ days of this journaling was a lot!)
I am amazed at the many avenues the Lord uses to prepare people to receive the Gospel. No life experience is wasted but each is used as stepping stones to believing. The 12 men mentioned here believed in the repentance John preached. Paul recognized their leaning toward Christ and enlightened them. In Galatians Paul tells how he was chosen before he was born but did not know about Jesus until God chose to reveal Him.
Sometimes we don’t see the hand of God on us except in looking back. When I have done this, instead of being discouraged by my failing to understand, I am encouraged by God’s faithfulness in leading me to Himself.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I Cor.1:9
He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.
About the World?
Ever thought the God of the Universe might be calling you?