kjv@Acts:19:8@ And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
kjv@Acts:19:9@ But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
kjv@Acts:19:10@ And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
kjv@Acts:19:11@ And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
kjv@Acts:19:12@ So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
kjv@Acts:19:13@ Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
kjv@Acts:19:14@ And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
kjv@Acts:19:15@ And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
kjv@Acts:19:16@ And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
kjv@Acts:19:17@ And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
kjv@Acts:19:18@ And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
kjv@Acts:19:19@ Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
kjv@Acts:19:21@ After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
kjv@Acts:19:22@ So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
kjv@Acts:19:23@ And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
kjv@Acts:19:24@ For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
kjv@Acts:19:25@ Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
kjv@Acts:19:26@ Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
kjv@Acts:19:27@ 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.
kjv@Acts:19:28@ And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
kjv@Acts:19:29@ And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
kjv@Acts:19:30@ And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
kjv@Acts:19:31@ And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
kjv@Acts:19:32@ Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
kjv@Acts:19:33@ And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.
kjv@Acts:19:34@ But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
kjv@Acts:19:35@ 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?
kjv@Acts:19:36@ Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
kjv@Acts:19:37@ For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
kjv@Acts:19:38@ Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.
kjv@Acts:19:39@ But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
kjv@Acts:19:40@ For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.
kjv@Acts:19:41@ And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
Belief in Jesus always comes and is confessed before any baptism. Many scholars feel that the Spirit comes to all believers upon belief and that this hands on account of transference refers to the particular spiritual gifting of tongues and prophecy specific to these twelve Ephesians. Others are convinced that this can be understood as first a general receiving of the Holy Spirit we've all received upon belief and then an addition baptism of the Holy Spirit that is received by the laying on of hands. The question then becomes what would happen to a secluded community of new believers that have not oppurtunity to receive hands from one that has.
The Acts of the Spirit continue. Leading certain people together. Bringing tongues and prophecy. Enabling individuals to dispute and persuade. Special uncommon gifts are providing widespread results in Asia. We also see other competing interests trying to emulate these gifts or perform them in the old covenant way and how ineffective they are in the face of the demonic. The Word is spread all the more. We read of what Paul is doing during this time but, surely there is much going on around him emanating from the community of spirit-filled believers surrounding him.
As is so often seen public uprisings break past the containment of civic law and common sense. It is a sight into the heart of evil itself to see the dynamics of the stirred/inflamed mass. The flame may start with one man but, that one man seeks others and then many others get swept along. Paul is wisely kept away from the scene.
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