Acts 19

that Jesus

Apollos' ministry seems to have gone no further; Jesus was the long expected Messiah. Of Paul's doctrine of justification through the blood, and sanctification through the Spirit, he seems at that time to have known nothing. See Acts 19:3-6.


Not as in A.V., "since ye believed," but as in R.V. and marg.: "Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed?" Paul was evidently impressed by the absence of spirituality and power in these so-called disciples. Their answer brought out the fact that they were Jewish proselytes, disciples of John the Baptist, looking backward to an accomplished redemption. Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13.

overcame The sons of Sceva sought to imitate a power to which they were strangers, only to their own confusion. This striking witness from another side caused fear to fall on all.

prevailed Luke 11:21,22; 1 John 4:4.


i.e. in his own mind. Cf. (See Scofield "Acts 20:22") .

about the way

concerning the Way, i.e. Christ. John 14:6.


"oikoumene" = inhabited earth. (See Scofield "Luke 2:1") .


Gr. Artemis. Not anciently of the Greek pantheon, but an Eastern goddess. Cf. Judges 2:13. (See Scofield "Judges 2:13") .

But "Diana of the Ephesians" was rather a particular image of Artemis, reputed to have fallen from heaven; Acts 19:35.

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