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Acts 18:23–19:7

23 After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatiao and Phrygia,p strengthening all the disciples.q

24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos,r a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus.s He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervora t and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.u 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquilav heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia,w the brothers and sistersx encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scripturesy that Jesus was the Messiah.z

Paul in Ephesus

19 While Apollosa was at Corinth,b Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.c There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spiritd whena you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptisme was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”f On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.g When Paul placed his hands on them,h the Holy Spirit came on them,i and they spoke in tonguesb j and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

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