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The Baptism of John (13 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 19:1-7
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson this evening, we find Paul back in the city of Ephesus. You will remember in chapter 18, he had left Aquila and Priscilla at Ephesus, as he journeyed to Jerusalem in order to keep the feast.
Upon his return to Ephesus, Paul meets 12 Christians ("disciples") who had not yet heard of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They understood only the baptism of John and the promise of a coming Messiah. Once Paul explained the significance of the Holy Spirit, they were all baptized in the name of Jesus, receiving the Holy Spirit.
There are two points this evening:
I. John's Baptism
II. Holy Spirit Baptism
I. JOHN'S BAPTISM (VV. 1-4)
A. Repentance from Sin (vv. 1-4a)
1. John was called by God to be the forerunner
of Jesus Christ, preparing the people to receive Him as Savior and Messiah. It says in Luke, concerning the birth of John; "And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins" (Luke 1:76-77). In Matthew's gospel, we read, "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight" (Matthew 3:1-3).
a. Let's keep in mind; when the people came to
John and listened to his message; when they repented of their sins and accepted by faith, the coming Messiah, they were saved. John's baptism was an outward demonstration of their faith in the coming Savior. And isn't that what salvation is--repentance and faith in Christ? John said in Matthew 3:11, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentan ...
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