17 May 2010
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, â€œDid you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?â€ They replied, â€œNo, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.â€ Then he said, â€œInto what then were you baptized?â€ They answered, â€œInto Johnâ€™s baptism.â€ Paul said, â€œJohn baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.â€ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesiedâ€” altogether there were about twelve of them.
He entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out boldly, and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God.
His disciples said, â€œYes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.â€ Jesus answered them, â€œDo you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.