Acts Chapter 19
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27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 19 Bible commentary...
Paul instructs the disciples of John at Ephesus. (1-7) He teaches there. (8-12) The Jewish exorcists disgraced. Some Ephesians burn their evil books. (13-20) The tumult at Ephesus. (21-31) The tumult appeased. (32-41)1-7 Paul, at Ephesus, found some religious persons, who looked to Jesus as the Messiah. They had not been led to expect the miraculous powers of the Holy Ghost, nor were they informed that the gospel was especially the ministration of the Spirit. But they spake as ready to welcome the notice of it. Paul shows them that John never design that those he baptized should rest there, but told them that they should believe on Him who should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. They thankfully accepted the discovery, and were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Holy Ghost came upon them in a surprising, overpowering manner; they spake with tongues, and prophesied, as the apostles and the first Gentile coverts did. Though we do not now expect miraculous powers, yet all who profess to be disciples of Christ, should be called on to examine whether they have received the seal of the Holy Ghost, in his sanctifying influences, to the sincerity of their faith. Many seem not to have heard that there is a Holy Ghost, and many deem all that is spoken concerning his graces and comforts, to be delusion. Of such it may properly be inquired, "Unto what, then, were ye baptized?" for they evidently know not the meaning of that outward sign on which they place great dependence.
8-12 When arguments and persuasions only harden men in unbelief and blasphemy, we must separate ourselves and others from such unholy company. God was pleased to confirm the teaching of these holy men of old, that if their hearers believed them not, they might believe the works.
13-20 It was common, especially among the Jews, for persons to profess or to try to cast out evil spirits. If we resist the devil by faith in Christ, he will flee from us; but if we think to resist him by the using of Christ's name, or his works, as a spell or charm, Satan will prevail against us. Where there is true sorrow for sin, there will be free confession of sin to God in every prayer and to man whom we have offended, when the case requires it. Surely if the word of God prevailed among us, many lewd, infidel, and wicked books would be burned by their possessors. Will not these Ephesian converts rise up in judgement against professors, who traffic in such works for the sake of gain, or allow themselves to possess them? If we desire to be in earnest in the great work of salvation, every pursuit and enjoyment must be given up which hinders the effect of the gospel upon the mind, or loosens its hold upon the heart.
21-31 Persons who came from afar to pay their devotions at the temple of Ephesus, bought little silver shrines, or models of the temple, to carry home with them. See how craftsmen make advantage to themselves of people's superstition, and serve their worldly ends by it. Men are jealous for that by which they get their wealth; and many set themselves against the gospel of Christ, because it calls men from all unlawful crafts, however much wealth is to be gotten by them. There are persons who will stickle for what is most grossly absurd, unreasonable, and false; as this, that those are gods which are made with hands, if it has but worldly interest on its side. The whole city was full of confusion, the common and natural effect of zeal for false religion. Zeal for the honour of Christ, and love to the brethren, encourage zealous believers to venture into danger. Friends will often be raised up among those who are strangers to true religion, but have observed the honest and consistent behaviour of Christians.
32-41 The Jews came forward in this tumult. Those who are thus careful to distinguish themselves from the servants of Christ now, and are afraid of being taken for them, shall have their doom accordingly in the great day. One, having authority, at length stilled the noise. It is a very good rule at all times, both in private and public affairs, not to be hasty and rash in our motions, but to take time to consider; and always to keep our passions under check. We ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly; to do nothing in haste, of which we may repent at leisure. The regular methods of the law ought always to stop popular tumults, and in well-governed nations will do so. Most people stand in awe of men's judgments more than of the judgement of God. How well it were if we would thus quiet our disorderly appetites and passions, by considering the account we must shortly give to the Judge of heaven and earth! And see how the overruling providence of God keeps the public peace, by an unaccountable power over the spirits of men. Thus the world is kept in some order, and men are held back from devouring each other. We can scarcely look around but we see men act like Demetrius and the workmen. It is as safe to contend with wild beasts as with men enraged by party zeal and disappointed covetousness, who think that all arguments are answered, when they have shown that they grow rich by the practices which are opposed. Whatever side in religious disputes, or whatever name this spirit assumes, it is worldly, and should be discountenanced by all who regard truth and piety. And let us not be dismayed; the Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters; he can still the rage of the people.
Joyce Hutto's Acts Chapter 19 comment on 4/25/2013, 10:03pm...
@Jean;The power of The Lord was strong upon Paul it permeated his clothing to te extent that if a person that believed touched him or if he touched a hankerchief or piece of clothing, the sprit of the Lord would remainon that garment and would heal the sick or persuade people to believe in and accept Christ.
Jean's Acts Chapter 19 comment about verse 12 on 4/23/2013, 3:42pm...
Paul touched the items adn teh spirits and diseases departed?
Bernard Elaho's Acts Chapter 19 comment on 1/19/2013, 4:47am...
All of Asia heard the Gospel of Grace in the span of 2 years. This was done by one man ...We are more than one and we have received the same power and authority of the Holy Spirit so we have no excuse when it comes to preaching this word to our communities. Yes We can!!!
Nnachor sunday's Acts Chapter 19 comment about verse 20 on 11/22/2012, 4:22pm...
Look at this poem that we all sing in our local churches. Read your bible pray everyday...pray every day.. Pray every day, read your bible pray every day if you want to grow...if you want to grow. If you want to grow, read your bible pray every day if you want to grow. Another side of it says; close your bible sleep every day, if you want to die. If you want to die, close your bible sleep everyday if you want to die. The word of God is our lives, just as we need food to grow and live physically, so we need the word of God to grow and live spiritually. Think about what happens anytime you stay 24 hours without eating, your body starts losing control. The same thing is applicable to your spirit, 24 hours without feeding from the word weakens our spirit. Therefore, for us to grow, dominate and prevail, the word of God is recommended.
Nnachor sunday c's Acts Chapter 19 comment about verse 20 on 11/07/2012, 4:51am...
We are God's spoken word and that is why anytime we do away with the word of God, God is far from us and afflictions come. Psalms 119:67 sys, but when we return to the word we are made alright. Psalms107:17-20.
Akez Masambu's Acts Chapter 19 comment on 7/18/2012, 6:37am...
The name of the father & of the Son & the Holy spirit is lord jesus christ. Let us change the baptism to the original christian famular not the titles. God does not change, he is the same today, yesterday & forever
MOSES A OKUNBOR's Acts Chapter 19 comment about verse 20 on 5/25/2012, 8:45am...
THE WORD OF GOD IN YOU WILL PREVAILED IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCES AS IT PREVAILED IN EFESUS,FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS A LIVING WORD.HEBREW 12:4
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