Daily Devotionals

Devotional: September 29th

Acts 19:1-22

Faithful to his promise (Acts 18:21), the apostle arrives at Ephesus, the capital of the province of Asia. He stays there for three years (Acts 20:31), following on the work of Apollos, whereas at Corinth it was Apollos who "watered" what the apostle Paul planted (Acts 18:27-28; 1 Corinthians 3:6). Between these servants of God we see neither jealousy nor the claiming for themselves a particular field of work.

The baptism of John, the only one known to the Ephesians, prepared repentant Jews for receiving a Messiah who would reign on the earth. The Christian, on the contrary, has a heavenly position; he is put into relationship through the Holy Spirit with a dead and risen Christ. This is a truth which the epistle to the Ephesians emphasizes particularly.

"So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed", not only by the miracles performed by the apostle but by its authority in their hearts. The Word led believers to confess what they had done and publicly to renounce witchcraft. Filled with "first love" (Revelation 2:4), these Ephesians no longer wanted to have "fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness" (Ephesians 5:11).

Dear friends, does the Word of God show its power to the world by fruits that can be seen in our lives?

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