Acts 19:15 Eventually, one of the evil spirits answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”
New International Version (New International Version) “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are,” the wicked spirit said one day. New Living Translation (New Living Translation) However, one time when they attempted it, the evil spirit responded by saying, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but I don’t know who you are.” Version standardized in English “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” said the wicked spirit in response to their question. Berean Study Bible (also known as the Berean Study Bible) A few minutes later, one of the wicked spirits said, “Jesus is familiar to me, and I am familiar with Paul, but who are you?” The Literal Bible of the Bereans They were confronted by an evil spirit who responded by saying, “Jesus is familiar to me, and Paul is familiar to me; but who are you?” The King James Version of the Bible And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” New The King James Version (KJV) is a translation of the King James Bible.
“I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are,” the wicked spirit said.
When they asked who they were, the evil spirit answered by saying, “I recognize Jesus, and I recognize Paul, but who are you?” NASB (National Association of School Boards) 1995 Afterwards, the evil spirit responded by saying to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but I don’t know who you are.” NASB 1977 (National Association of School Boards) Afterwards, the evil spirit responded by saying to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but I don’t know who you are.” The Bible with an amplification system “I know and recognize and acknowledge Jesus, and I know and recognize and acknowledge Paul, but as for you, who are you?” the wicked spirit answered.
The Christian Standard Bible is a translation of the Bible in the Christian tradition.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (also known as the Holman Christian Standard Bible) Their question was answered by the wicked spirit, who said, “I know Jesus, and I recognize Paul—but who are you?” The American Standard Version is the version used in the United States.
Version in the Present Tense of the English Language when an evil spirit spoke to them and said, “I’m familiar with Jesus!
But who exactly are you?” The Bible of Douay-Rheims But the evil spirit, in response, said to them: “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” Translation of the Good News “But you-who are you?” questioned the evil spirit to them.
The International Standard Version (ISO) is a formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized “But who are you?” said the demonic spirit, referring to Jesus and Paul as “I know you” and “I am getting acquainted with you.” Standard Version in its literal sense “I am familiar with Jesus, and I am acquainted with Paul; and you—who are you?” answered the wicked spirit in response to the question.
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- The New Heart English Bible is a translation of the New Heart Bible.
- The New Testament of Weymouth “I’m familiar with Jesus,” the wicked spirit said, “and I’m familiar with Paul, but who are you?” The English Bible for the Whole World “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but who are you?” the wicked spirit said.
- Context They are known as the Sons of Sceva.
- 15 One of the demonic spirits eventually responded, “Jesus, I know you, and I know who Paul is, but who are you?” 16 Then the guy with the bad spirit pounced on them and defeated them all with his strength.
- … References to Other Sources Acts 19:14 is a verse that states This was being carried out by seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish head priest.
Then the guy with the bad spirit pounced on them and defeated them all with his strength.
2:19 (James 2:19) You think that there is only one God.
Even the devils believe it, and they cringe at the thought.
And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” Paul and us were followed by another man who called out, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, who shew vnto us the road of salvation.
And he said to the woman, “Yea, has God declared that you must not eat of every tree in the garden?” he inquired.
– I’m sorry, Jesus, but I’m not feeling well.
Having identified himself with the demon, as the Gadarene had done, the possessed man was moved by the Name of Jesus when it was repeated by someone like St.
Verse 15: ‘It is written in the sky,’ says the poet.
Parallel Commentaries Eventually,δὲ(de) A primary particle; nevertheless, and, and so on.
theτὸ(to) Nominative Singular Article – Nominative Neuter SingularStrong’s 3588:the is a definite article.
πνεῦμα(pneuma) Singular Noun – Nominative Nominative NeuterStrong’s 4151: Wind, breath, and spirit answeredἀποκριθὲν(apokrithen) Aorist Participle Passive Aorist Participle Passive Aorist Participle Passive Aorist Participle Passive It is from the Greek words apo and krino that we get the expression “to conclude for oneself,” which means “to react.” In Hebraism, it means “to begin to speak.” them,αὐτοῖς(autois) Personal / Obsessive Orientation The pronoun – Dative Masculine is used here.
- 3rd Person Pronoun PluralStrong’s 846: he, she, it, they, them, the same, and so on The reflexive pronoun self, which is used in the third person as well as the other persons, is derived from the particle au.
- I’m aware of this.
- andκαὶ(kai) ConjunctionStrong’s 2532 includes the words and, more more importantly, specifically.
- Apparently a middle voice of ephistemi; to put the mind upon, i.e.
- Paul,Παῦλον(Paulon)Noun – Accusative Masculine SingularStrong’s 3972:Paul, Paulus.
- butδὲ(de) ConjunctionStrong’s 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.
- The pronoun thou is used to refer to the second person singular.
- Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.are you?
- I exist in the first person singular present indicative; it is a protracted form of a primary and deficient verb; it is in the first person singular present indicative.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
The King James Version of the Bible And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” The New King James Version (sometimes known as the New King James Version) was published in 1611. “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are,” the wicked spirit said. The American Standard Version is the version used in the United States. And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” Berean Study Bible (also known as the Berean Study Bible) A few minutes later, one of the wicked spirits said, “Jesus is familiar to me, and I am familiar with Paul, but who are you?” The Bible of Douay-Rheims But the evil spirit, in response, said to them: “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” Version 1.0 in English (Revised Version) As a result, the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is; but who are ye?” The English Bible for the Whole World “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but who are you?” the wicked spirit said.
Young’s Literal Translation of the Text and the wicked spirit responded by saying, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I am familiar with; and you – who are you?’ Additional translations of Acts 19:15 are provided.
Bible Gateway passage: Acts 19:11-17 – New International Version
New International Version (New International Version) (NIV) 11Through Paul, God performed incredible miracles A)”>(A),12such that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had been touched by him were given to the sick, and their ailments were cured B)”>(B)and the bad spirits were expelled from them. 13There were some Jews who went around exorcising demonic spirits C) “In order to exorcise demons from persons who were afflicted by demons, some people attempted to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus. They would say something like, “In the name of Jesus D)” “I tell you to come out from behind the pulpit where Paul is preaching.” 14This was being carried out by the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish head priest.
16Then the man who was possessed by the evil spirit pounced on them and overwhelmed everyone present.
The Jews and Greeks residing in Ephesus were all stricken with terror when this was brought to their attention, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in great regard as a result.
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“Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” replied the evil spirit in response. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” asked the evil spirit in response. (See Acts 19:15.) If there was ever a guy who should be able to take pride in himself, it is the apostle Paul! However, he did not take pride in anything other than the cross of Christ. Let those who boast about their “greatness” be humbled in this place. Luke records the following paragraph for our consideration: The Sons of Sceva are a group of people that live in Sceva, Italy (Acts 19:11-20).
- In the Greco-Roman era, many people employed magic to cure, curse, or control bad spirits, among other things.
- During these confrontations, the apostle rightly demonstrated how Jesus’ power much outweighs any magical powers, and a large number of former magicians converted to Christianity as a result (Acts 19:17-20).
- “And God worked extraordinary marvels through the hands of Paul, such that handkerchiefs or aprons from his body were carried to the sick, and the sicknesses were removed from them, and the bad spirits were driven out of them,” according to the book of Luke.
- The seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew and ruler of the priests, who performed this were among those who did so” (Acts 19:12, 14).
- They are familiar with Jesus.
- They quiver at the mention of his name, according to what we read in James.
- Paul was well-liked and respected.
Even though Paul was just an average man, he was possessed by an even greater Spirit, indeed, by the Holy Spirit.
“Paul, we know who you are.” These wanderers had the idea that they might swap the name of Christ for trifles.
It’s possible that these aprons and handkerchiefs were used by Paul when he was constructing tents (18:3).
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In this place of “exceptional marvels,” as it were, God confirms the validity of his gospel and the authority of His messenger by performing miracles in this pagan city, as if to prove his point (19:11).
It was common practice for various types of magic to take place throughout those ancient times.
As a result, when it came to the point where these Jews attempted to use the name of Jesus, which Paul was preaching, they were proven to be helpless.
This, I believe, may have caused them to pause and wonder: “What!
Note that (1) the wicked spirit recognized that Sceva’s son lacked trust in Jesus: The saving faith that these vagabonds lacked disqualified them from bearing the name of Jesus Christ, the name that is above all other names in heaven and on earth.
Pride and unbelief are both considered to be the root causes of all human wrongdoing.
“If we oppose the devil by a sincere and alive faith in Christ, he will run from us; but if we think we can resist him by only using Christ’s name, or any portion of his word, as a spell or charm, he will prevail against us,” the good admonition read.
Take note of how Luke concludes these verses: “And this was made known to all the Jews and Greeks who lived at Ephesus, and dread came over them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was glorified among all the people.” And many of them who believed came forward and confessed their sins as well as their actions.
“God’s message blossomed and triumphed in such a powerful way” (Acts 19:17, 20).
They will learn much from them. It was suitable that “the word of the Lord increased in strength and authority and triumphed triumphantly.” That is, no human or devil-conceived plot can obstruct or destroy God’s Word, which, as the saying goes, “must proceed!”
Bible Gateway Acts 19 : NIV
“I know Jesus, and I know Paul; but who are you?” replied the evil spirit in response. “I know Jesus, and I know Paul; but who are you?” asked the evil spirit in response. It is written in the book of Acts 19:15. When it comes to boasting, there is only one individual who deserves it: the apostle Paul! But, except from the cross of Christ, he did not take pride in anything else. They who boast about their “greatness” should feel ashamed in this place. An really intriguing paragraph is recorded by Luke for our benefit.
The exorcisms, yea, the sorts of magic, were used by these guys.
During his missionary travels, the apostle Paul came across such magicians (see Acts 8:9-24; 13:6-12).
Particularly interesting to us is the unusual area of the terrain that these sons of Sceva encountered: When these seven children of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were performing their normal routines of casting out evil spirits from people, behold, the evil spirit turned to them and asked, “Jesus I know, Paul I recognize, but who are you?” The evil spirit responded, “Jesus I know, Paul I recognize, but who are you?” According to what we know, they called the name of Jesus, whose resurrection Paul was preaching, not because they were familiar with Christ.
- “And God worked extraordinary marvels through the hands of Paul, such that handkerchiefs or aprons from his body were carried to the ill, and the sicknesses left them and the bad spirits were driven out of them,” according to Luke.
- That was the case with the seven sons of a Jew who was also a head of the priests, Sceva (Acts 19:12, 14).
- They are well aware of Jesus Christ.
- As we read in James, they shudder when they hear his name spoken.
- Their admiration for Paul was well-known amongst them.
- Even though Paul was just an average man, he was possessed by an even greater Spirit, namely the Holy Spirit.
- It was their intention to substitute the name of Christ for trifles, according to these wanderers.
Some of these aprons and handkerchiefs might have been used by Paul when building the tents in Acts 17.
A woman’s healing was brought about by a touch of faith on the hem of Jesus’ tunic.
Peter’s shadow has also been utilized to cure people in another incident (Acts 5:15, 16).
To deal with their troubles, these Ephesians were accustomed to relying on superstitious tactics.
It is no surprise that pagan temples like as the Temple of Artemis flourished in this city.
Their response to the question, “Who are you?” was not recorded anywhere.
” This ghost appears to know Jesus and Paul, if not himself, and he addresses us.
As an example, (1)the devil detected that Sceva’s son lacked trust in Jesus: The absence of saving faith in these vagabonds disqualified them from claiming the name of Jesus Christ, whom they believed was above other names.
Pride and unbelief are both considered to be the root causes of all human wrongdoings.
‘If we oppose the devil by a sincere and alive faith in Christ, he will run from us; nevertheless, if we think we can resist him by only using Christ’s name, or any portion of his word, as a spell or charm, he will prevail against us,’ it was sound advice.
Take note of how Luke concludes these verses: “And this was made known to all the Jews and Greeks who lived at Ephesus, and dread came over them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was glorified among all the people.” Then a great number of those who believed came up and confessed as well as demonstrating their actions.
“God’s message blossomed and triumphed in such a powerful way (Acts 19:17, 20).
Accordingly, “the word of the Lord increased in power and authority, triumphing in might.” The point is that no human or devil-conceived plot can obstruct or destroy God’s Word, thus it must be carried out regardless of who is in charge.
- Orother languages
- Orother forms of expression
- A drachma was a silver coin that was worth approximately one day’s salary.
ACTS 19:15 KJV And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
And the evil spirit responded by saying, “I knowe Iesus, and I knowe Paul, but I don’t know who ye are.” – From the King James Version (1611) -See the 1611 Bible Scan Afterwards, the evil spirit responded by saying to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but I don’t know who you are.” – N.A.S.V. stands for New American Standard Version (1995) And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” Standard Version of the English Language in the United States (1901) And the wicked spirit, in response, said to them, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” – The Bible in Plain English However, the evil spirit responded by saying, “Jesus I know, and Paul I am familiar with; but *you*, who are ye?” Darby Bible is a translation of the Darby Bible.
And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” – Webster’s New World Dictionary “I’m familiar with Jesus,” the wicked spirit said, “and I’m familiar with Paul, but who are you?” – The Bible of Weymouth “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but who are you?” the wicked spirit said.
Wesley’s Notes for Acts 19:15
A number of Jews at this time professed to have the ability to drive out devils, notably via the use of specific arts or charms that they claimed to have acquired from Solomon. 19:13 Exorcists I made the commitment to name – a fruitless endeavor! It is Satan’s delight to laugh at anybody who makes an attempt to evict him from the bodies or souls of mankind other than via Divine faith. All of the light of reason is little in comparison to the artistry and strength of that sensitive spirit. Neither his skill nor his might can be recognized or vanquished unless by the Spirit of God, and neither can they be overcome except by the force of faith.
People’s Bible Notes for Acts 19:15
Ac 19:15 and 16 And the demonic spirit responded in kind. The demonic spirit communicated with and operated through the guy who was possessed. It is likely that the spirit was overridden in this occasion in order to magnify the gospel proclaimed by Paul and his associates. See PNT “Mt 8:29” for more information on the subject of demonic possession.
Acts 19:15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”
New International Version (New International Version) “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are,” the wicked spirit said one day. Version standardized in English “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” said the wicked spirit in response to their question. Berean Study Bible (also known as the Berean Study Bible) A few minutes later, one of the wicked spirits said, “Jesus is familiar to me, and I am familiar with Paul, but who are you?” The King James Version of the Bible And the wicked spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is, but I don’t know who you are.” The New American Standard Bible is a translation of the New Testament into English.
Afterwards, the evil spirit responded by saying to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but I don’t know who you are.” The American Standard Version is the version used in the United States.
What Does Acts 19:15 Mean? “And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye?.”
10. This went on for another two years, on top of the previous three years. However, it seems likely that Paul made a second unrecorded voyage to Corinth during this time period, as the one documented in 2 Corinthians 12:14 and 13:1 is referred to as his third visit, which may appear to be in conflict with the previous one. As we learn from 1 Corinthians 16:8, he composed his FIRST EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS near the conclusion of his extended sojourn at Ephesus, as well as (though perspectives are disputed on this point) his EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS.
And just as his greatest success occurred after his withdrawal to a separate place of meeting at Corinth (Acts 18:7-10), so at Ephesus.
In this way, Ephesus came to be known as the “ecclesiastical center for the entire region, which it indeed continued to be for a very long length of time.” Churches sprouted in Colosse, Laodicea, and Hierapolis eastward, either as a result of his personal efforts or the efforts of his devoted companions whom he dispatched in different places, including Epaphras, Archippus, and Philemon (Colossians 1:7,4:12-17,philemon 1:11:23).
- 11, 12 God performed extraordinary marvels via the hands of Paul, meaning that he was not accustomed to performing such feats.
- As a result, handkerchiefs or aprons from his flesh were carried to the sick,c.-CompareActs 5:15Acts 5:16, which was in stark contrast to the magical feats performed at Ephesus.
- At least for a brief period of time, it appears that such a power existed, as mentioned in Matthew 12:27.
- We adjure you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches -a powerful demonstration of the authority of Christ’s name in Paul’s words.
- “I recognize Jesus,” the wicked spirit said, “and Paul, I recognize,” implying that he is familiar with Paul but not with the others, whom he completely disowns.
It is impossible to describe more clearly the reality of such assets than this.
their crimes -the dupes of magiciansc., recognizing how terribly they had been fooled and how profoundly they had allowed themselves to be entangled in such activities 19.
engaged in bizarre arts – The term refers to things that have been “overdone,” and it is particularly applicable to arts in which lengthy but pointless incantations are practiced.
and then set them ablaze before everything – Using the tense in this context, we may depict the progression and continuation of the conflagration visually.
(presuming it to be thedrachma).
The incident must have stayed in the memory of the people of Ephesus for a long time as a powerful demonstration of the sorcerers’ sincere convictions and as a stunning demonstration of Jesus Christ’s victory over the powers of evil.
21 and 22.
Paul intended to travel to Jerusalem once he had traveled through Macedonia and Achaia.
All of his expectations were met, despite the fact that he “saw Rome” only through the eyes of a prisoner.
He thus dispatched Timotheus and Erastus as his pioneers into Macedonia, in part to “bring them into recollection of his methods which were in Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:17,16:10), and in part to transmit his thoughts on different topics (1 Corinthians 4:17,16:10).
According to the evidence, it is highly doubtful that this Erastus was the “chamberlain of the city” of Corinth, as the title suggests (Romans 16:23).
As a contrast to Macedonia in the preceding phrase, Asia is referenced in this clause.
about that – “the” manner -As a result, the new religion appeared to be designated (Acts 9:2,22:4,24:14).
benefit for the master-artificers, the master-craftsmen 25.
you see and hear -The proof of it could be seen, and the news of it could be heard from everyone.
not just at Ephesus, but virtually throughout all of Asia, this Paul has.
telling the people that they are not gods since they are constructed with human hands – The widespread opinion of the people was that they were gods, while the more intellectual considered them simply as habitations of Deity, and some of them, possibly, as only aids to devotion – In the Church of Rome, this is exactly the case.
but,c.-that is, “that is, indeed, a little concern; but there is something considerably more serious at hand.” As a result, the owners of the impoverished Pythoness cited the religious revolution that Paul was seeking to bring about in Philippi as the sole reason for their frenzied concern, in order to conceal their own self-interest, which they saw to be affected by his success (Acts 16:19-21).
- The magnificent goddess Diana, whose temple was rejected and her splendor was demolished, was also destroyed, and she was worshipped across Asia and the rest of the globe – It was considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world.
- and, despite being destroyed by a zealot on the night of Alexander the Great’s birth in 356 B.C., it was rebuilt with even more beauty than before.
- It was built in the style of the time of the Romans.
- The very location of the facility is now under question.
- It was thought to have fallen from heaven, like some other well-known idols (Acts 19:35), and replicas of it were not only sold in large quantities to private individuals, but were also put up for worship in various places across the world.
- 29, Great is Diana of the Ephesians -the civic anthem of a community so proud of their temple that they refused to have the name of Alexander the Great inscribed on it, despite the fact that he gave them the whole spoils of his Eastern expedition in exchange for doing so.
- Having apprehended Gaius and Aristarchus, who were dissatisfied with Paul, just as they had been in Thessalonica (Acts 17:5Acts 17:6).
- If he sought asylum in the home of Aquila and Priscilla (see 1 Corinthians 16:9), this would explain Romans 16:3 and the rest of the book of Romans.
- into the theatre, which was a massive pile of rubble whose remnants are still a wreck of enormous magnificence.
- vnto the people – thedemos, that is, to the people who gathered in a public gathering The disciples did not allow him to go free -The present tense indicates merely that they were using their best efforts to restrain him; this would have been ineffective but for what follows.
- (the same month which Romanism dedicates tothe Virgin).
It appears that some of these were sympathetic to the Gospel, at the very least were Paul’s “friends,” and, aware of the zealousness of a mob during the festivals, “sent (a message) to him requesting that he refrain from venturing himself into the theater.” The Jews shoved Alexander forward, and they dragged Alexander out of the crowd, rather than “part of the throng urged Alexander forward, with the Jews forcing him ahead,” as the verse states.
Because the Jews, who were viewed by the Romans as the perpetrators of all religious disturbances, would naturally bear the brunt of the blame for such a riot, they appear to have put forth this individual in order to absolve themselves of any involvement for the outbreak.
beckoned with his hand -compare Acts 13:16 and 21:40.would have made his defense -“offered to speak in defense” -“offered to speak in defense.” After discovering he was a Jew, they all cried out in unison for the next two hours, proclaiming: “Great is Dianac,” which means “Great is Diana.” The mere presence of a Jew had the exact opposite effect of what was intended by the author.
Between lines 35 and 41, after the town-clerk, who was also the keeper of the public records and a magistrate of some power, had appeased -“calmed.” the people -“the crowd,” which the mere presence of such an official would go a long way toward doing.
does not realize that the city of Ephesus is a worshipper of the magnificent goddess Diana -literally, theneocorosor “warden”?” The name literally translates as “temple-sweeper,” and later as “temple-guardian.” Thirteen cities in Asia expressed an interest in the temple, but Ephesus was chosen to be in charge of it because of its strategic location.
- Did they really believe that a group of itinerant orators would be able to turn everything around so quickly?
- So, what exactly were they trying to accomplish by creating such a commotion?
- Neither blasphemers of your goddess, nor blasphemers of your goddess – These words are a wonderful testimonial, demonstrating that the apostle, in his preaching against idolatry, had taken great care to avoid hurting the sentiments of those who heard him, as he had done at Athens.
- The law is available to Demetrius against any man -rather, “the court days are being held.” and there are deputies -literally “proconsuls,” which is, most likely, the proconsul and his council, who act as a court of appeal if he has a complaint against anybody.
39. If you enquire -“have any question.”about other concerns -of a public character, you will be directed to the appropriate department. For our superiors are threatening to call into doubt the legitimacy of the public authority, which is a concern for us.
A Demonic Recognition
And the demonic spirit responded by saying, “I know who Jesus is, and I know who Paul is; but who are you?”— Acts 19:15 (NIV) They were intimately familiar with both Jesus and the apostle Paul, as evidenced by the demonic spirits that seized the demon-ridden man in Acts 19. The seven sons of Sceva, who were attempting to exert power over the demons, were, on the other hand, completely ignored. In Acts 19:15, the evil spirit says to the seven exorcists, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” We may deduce this from the original Greek, which says, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” Those two statements — “JesusI know” and “PaulI know” — are both derived from two independent terms in the Greek text that are rendered as “know” in the English translation.
- Ginosko’s primary meaning was to identify a person or a thing, to acknowledge it, or to have a complete understanding of the person or thing being recognized.
- This demon, like other wicked spirits, was familiar with Jesus — it completely knew and acknowledged who Jesus was — and had been in possession of this knowledge for an extended period of time.
- It is the Greek term epistamai, which means “outward observation,” and it depicts knowledge gained by outward observation.
- Local devils were “tuning in” to Paul’s actions to see what he was up to.
- The apostle’s efforts posed a significant danger to the demonic powers in control of that city, and they were taken aback by his spiritual might and authority.
- Because of the use of the wordepistamai, it is also implied that these evil spirits were spying on and performing surveillance on the newcomer who had infiltrated their dark stronghold — in order to remain informed of what Paul was doing and search for methods to fight him.
- This question should be interpreted in the context of the complete stanza, not just the first line.
- In truth, we have no prior knowledge of you!
- Nevertheless, what a magnificent notion that this spirit recognized the name of Jesus and recognized Paul since Paul was a believer in Christ and an authorized user of Jesus’ name!
- As a believer in Jesus Christ, you have the authority to speak in the name of Jesus and to act in the power of the Holy Spirit!
- As we saw yesterday, the word “tremble” would be more accurately translated as “spooked” or “terrified” when they hear the name of Jesus uttered with courageous confidence by an authorized user of the name of Jesus!
You have been given the ability to speak on Jesus’ behalf and to exercise authority over any demonic presence that comes your way. In addition, it must bey!
Father, I am overjoyed and glad to have discovered the authority I now possess in the name of Jesus Christ. I am eternally grateful that I am a genuine, born-again child of God — and that You have empowered me to use Your authority and invoke Your name whenever the situation calls for it. My fear of the devil will never materialize because devils understand that the power of God inside me is greater than the sum of all their powers combined. Please accept my gratitude for inspiring me to take risks when I detect the devil attempting to reveal his presence or launch an assault!
Whenever I am obliged to speak to an evil presence and demand it to go, I say that the evil spirit knows the voice of Jesus speaking through me because He resides inside me — and I am in Him. I have no reason to be terrified. I refuse to give in to my fears. Communication that would cause worry or terror in me is not something I will listen to. In order to strengthen my faith and prepare me for the inevitable call to action, I get instruction from powerful, Bible-based teaching materials such as this one today.
QUESTIONSFOR YOU TO CONSIDER
- Consider how tragic it is that those who are active in the occult are attempting to manipulate forces that will ultimately work against them. Do you personally know somebody who is working under the influence of this type of deceptive thinking? Demons are familiar with the name ofJesus— and if you are inJesus, they are familiar with your name as well. To that end, let me ask you a question: Have you ever had an encounter in which a demon spirit recognized you and complied with your commands? Alternatively, have you heard of anyone else who has had a similar experience? The location of the incident and what transpired
- How would you distinguish a demonic presence in your immediate surroundings
I know Jesus and Paul, but who do you think you are?
We started the tale of Paul at Ephesus in the last piece, and today we’ll continue Luke’s account of that two-year period in his book of Acts. When this section (Acts 19:11-20) begins, the Jewish leadership at Ephesus has already hardened their hearts, and Paul has withdrew from the synagogue and taken refuge in the school of Tyrannus with those who have believed. Paul, on the other hand, was still dealing with the unbelieving Jewish leadership, which was not only following their Hebrew religion but had also been engaged in the practice of the dark arts, as some of the leaders had done.
As a result, Paul finds himself in a situation where he must fight fire with fire once more, and God grants him the ability to perform miracles as evidence to people who “always seek after a sign” (Matt.
As we have stated many times before, the Book of Acts represents the history of a transition era between the Kingdom program for Israel and the Age of Grace for all people now on the planet.
vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 vv 11-12 The first verse should be read in the following grammatical order: “And Paul was doing miracles.”, Luke may have written.
- He gave credit where credit was due and acknowledged the contributions of others.
- Every English translation I looked at stated that these were not “miracles,” but rather required just two words to adequately explain them, according to the author.
- The second verse provides us with a hint as to what Paul was dealing with.
- The technique that God employed is noteworthy in that it did not necessitate Paul’s physical contact with those who were cured, or even his presence in their presence.
- The sheer appearance of these articles of clothing was enough to drive away these bad spirits and the diseases that they carried along with them.
- The Bible references the same “handkerchief” in John 11:44 and 20:7, which is the same as this passage.
- They were the distinct “face-wrapping” cloths that were used throughout the burial process.
These towels were used for wiping the perspiration from one’s face in more regular everyday usage, as well as for other purposes.
) What the Scriptures don’t tell us is whether the ones Paul sent were brand new and clean, or whether he had used them to wipe away his perspiration before sending them.
This poem has the single instance of the term “apron,” which evokes the same thing as a tea towel draped around the waist of a short-order chef in a diner.
Please keep in mind that Luke was a physician as well as a skilled historian in his day, which we should keep in mind before continuing on to the next verses.
In a scientific sense, his account is sufficient for anyone who wishes to replicate these marvels to give it a shot — and fail miserably, as he did.
(The definitive confirmation of this will be provided later.) There is no other place in Scripture where the Jewish community is mentioned as having exorcists.
They had grown aware of Paul’s power to drive out evil spirits by pleading with them in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Verse 14 is a bit more explicit.
Sceva was the father of seven boys, all of whom were exorcists.
14-15; vv 15-16; A good illustration of how the artificially enforced system of numbered verses may be deceiving is provided here.
Something is how the preceding verse ends: Sceva’s seven sons “were doing this,” which means they were doing something.
And, in the midst of the procedure, the evil spirit they were attempting to exorcise scolded them, saying, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Oh my my, did it backfire!
Luke claims that he jumped on all seven of them and drove them out of the home battered, bleeding, and with their clothing torn to bits as a result.
Without a certain, it is not amusing; it is really serious.
“Go for it!” says the author.
Did you note that the evil spirit used two distinct phrases to refer to Jesus and Paul in his speech?
They are two distinct terms in the Greek language, each with a different meaning from the other.
Ginoskoinvolves much more than just recognizing someone.
However, that does not imply that you perfectly comprehend Walt Disney and that this comprehension defines your connection with him, as any of Mr.
That degree of comprehension of Jesus was possessed by this demonic entity!
As a result, this wicked spirit “recognized” Jesus in a symbolic sense.
The term “systematic theology” refers to our approach to comprehending the Bible.
Similarly, in the sciences of Physics and Chemistry, the same is true.
This demonic spirit boasted about how well-versed he was in Paul’s writings.
17 to 20 This “backfire” became widely known throughout Ephesus, among both Jews and Gentiles alike, as soon as it occurred.
(a) Fear (Gr.phobos; panic, dread, fright) – this does not necessarily refer to a respectful fear of God, which is a desirable thing (and is expressed in a different way in the Greek language), but rather to the feeling of being scared and having to flee.
It is as a result of this episode that many believers in Ephesus (whether they were believers prior to the event or believers as a result of the event is unclear) began coming forward (presumably to Paul or the church) and confessing their own dabbling in such matters, having realized the seriousness of what they had been doing (v18).
Syncretism is the term used to describe the blending of Christianity with other religious traditions.
However, every group of believers, whether as individuals, as full churches, or as complete denominations, is capable of syncretism in some manner.
Beyond the influence on believers, many people who were real practitioners of magic and sorcery, after becoming convicted of their Satanic roots, gathered their books and began publicly burning them as a repudiation of their previous involvement (v19).
Because they were written and reproduced by hand, they were extremely rare and expensive.
According to current standards, an eight-hour working at a $7.50 hourly rate equals around $60.00 in a day’s wages.
Luke summarizes the facts and events that had been triggered by Sceva and his seven sons, as well as their own actions (not to mention the evil spirit who knew far more than all of them put together).
“Grow mightily” is the translation of the Greek wordauskanow, which conjures up images of cause-and-effect relationships.
In that case, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters are anything, and it is God who is responsible for the growth.
Both terms suggest power, but withdunamisit is concerned with the external power and the consequences of that power.
If you are familiar with the scientific ideas of kinetic and potential energy,dunamisis kinetic — energy in motion — should not be a problem for you to understand.
The most important takeaway from this remarkable incident is that God enabled the Word of the Lord to flourish mightily at Ephesus, and as a result, the believing community was extended, cemented, and strengthened.
The situation in Ephesus, however, is not as rosy as it appears, and Paul is forced to cope with a fresh crisis: “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”