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EPHESUS: THE FIRST CONDITION OF THE CHURCH

FRIDAY MORNING MANNA  

Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN – Part 10

EPHESUS: THE FIRST CONDITION OF THE CHURCH

      To the angel of the church of Ephesus write:  ‘These things s says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven of the seven golden lamp stands (candlesticks, K.J.V).” Revelation 2: 1, N.K.J.V.

 

Let’s start from the very beginning of New Testament church history from the resurrection of Christ, followed fifty days after by the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon 120 prepared disciples (including Mary, the mother of Jesus, at an upper room at Jerusalem—last mention  of her in the Bible) to the close of the first century, or the death of the last apostle, john the beloved, writer of the “big” gospel epistle and the three “little epistles” with his name, and the Revelation, of course. Read more

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Have we received it?

Photo Credit by Flickr/Waiting For The Word

Photo Credit by Flickr/Waiting For The Word

Photo Credit by Flickr/Waiting For The Word

FRIDAY MORNING MANNA 

September 5, 2014

Nathaniel Fajardo                                        

Email:natfajardo777@yahoo.com

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Have we received it?

 

Apollos and the Filling of the Spirit. – First, a quick background of Apollos:

    Greek Apollos, a contraction of Appolonious [or Apollodurus]. A Jewish convert to the message of John the Baptist, described as being diligent, fervent, and “an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures” (Acts 18: 24, 25), born in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. After his conversion he became an itinerant evangelist (chs 18: 24, 27: 19:1).

 While preaching at Ephesus he met Aquila and Priscilla, Christian Jews who instructed him in the tenets of Christianity (ch 18: 26, 28). After this Apollos went to the Roman province of Achaia, taking with him a letter of recommendation from the church at Ephesus (v 27). While in Achaia he preached with success in the city of Corinth (chs 18: 28; 19:1), and because of this abilities became popular with a certain faction that began to exalt him, as opposed to other groups which exalted Paul, Peter, or Christ (1 Cor. 1: 12). Read more