It is often difficult to understand the true difference Christ can make in our lives. Paul was in Ephesus, as he questioned the believers, they clearly understood the redemptive power of knowing Christ. Sadly, they did not understand he not only saves us from our sin , but, he empowers us to conform to his image and to spread the message to the world. When Paul laid hands upon them, they received the Holy Spirit’s power and were transformed into warriors for the kingdom.
From that beginning Paul began to transform the city of Ephesus into one of the Church’s strongest cities. For two years, Paul preached and taught the word, effectively and transformed lives. As his ministry grew, so did the opposition to it. Paul, was not dissuaded. That transforming power of the Holy Spirit continued to move the people and change Ephesus for Christ.
We have the same power today. When we start the personal relationship with Christ, We not only receive redemption from our hopeless sinful lives–we also receive His Spirit to conform, empower and guide us in our Journey. Sadly, so many in the church settle for his redemption and never allow him to empower them to be mighty warriors. Such lives are wasted. God did not call us to be simple spectators–instead, he made us to be his witnesses and ambassadors throughout the world. We must not settle–We must press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of us!
God Bless You
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.