New Testament: Acts 19.18
To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 19.1–20 on July 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022
By Don Ruhl
Paul did miracles in Ephesus and many people turned to the Lord as a result. Look what some of the people of Ephesus did when they became disciples of Christ:
And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.
– Acts 19.18
This was something that they were moved to do, because we do not see Paul or any other preacher in the Books of Acts, requiring people to do this, although they needed to confess their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.
However, these people had followed false religions and when they saw Christianity, they knew that they had found the genuine article, that the way of Jesus of Nazareth was the way, the truth, and the life.
That moved them to confess how they had been led astray previously. This can be a good thing, but I have seen it devolve into one person trying to outdo another in saying how bad they had been.
People not yet saved may need to see how Jesus forgives anyone of their sins, no matter how vile, and then it is a good thing to confess sin before others in the manner that the Ephesians did.
- Where was Ephesus located?
- What has your faith in Christ Jesus moved you to do?
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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com