Never Underestimate Spiritual Power, No Matter What Its Source
Never Underestimate Authentic Spiritual Powers, Whether Good or Bad
(Acts chapter 19, verses 13–22)
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Last week when we completed part one of Acts 19, the apostle Paul had amassed an enormous amount of healing power through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He was actively accessing this implanted power — power that he did not possess himself, but which had been imparted by his baptism with the Holy Spirit of the risen Lord Christ Jesus. Untold scores had been healed of various diseases or medical conditions, possibly many hundreds or even thousands. All this was occurring in the city of Ephesus, in what is now western Turkey. It was to the church there that the Book of Ephesians in the New Testament was written. There were also some other disciples who were driving demons out of victims of demonic possession, and that is where we will begin this week’s lesson. So let’s all start off together at verse 13.
Part One of This Week’s Study Verses
“13) Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, ‘In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.’ 14) Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15) One day the evil spirit answered them, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?’ 16) Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.” (Acts 19, verses 13–16)