by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 19 (34 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

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,

When we last left Paul, he was going over the country
of Galatia to Phyrgia, to the churches to strengthen
the followers of Christ (18:23). Apollos, on the other
hand, went into Achaia, teaching the word there
(18:27-28). A certain amount of time has passed since
the 18th and the 19th chapters. Now we find Apollos
in Corinth, and Paul gets back into Ephesus, as
promised (18:19-21). Upon his arrival he finds certain

Now, it's very important to look at this word disciple
and to be reminded briefly what God's word teaches
about it. The word disciple means simply: a learner,
one who follows another's teaching. Although the
scriptures are very clear that the word disciple is
used of followers of God, it is also used of those who
are not followers of God. The word in and of itself,
by its definition, does not in any way indicate a
person who is a believer. The word disciple is not a
word that is exclusive to Christianity.

1) The Pharisees had disciples. Matthew 22:15-17

2) Jesus had false disciples. What I mean by false
disciples are those who followed Jesus for the wrong
reasons, other than to learn of spiritual life. John

So we see that the word disciple is not a word that is
exclusive to Christianity. Now Paul meets these
disciples in Ephesus.

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.

There is no reason given why Paul asked of them this
question. He had never asked it before in any
writing. The scriptures themselves give us no reason
why Paul asked such a question. There may have been
something in the life, or lacking in the life of the ...

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