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SNT 0371 Acts 18:24ff

Acts 18:24ff

October 27, 1968

Paul follows Apollos at Ephesus and leads
those at Ephesus into a greater truth.
SNT – 371

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Topic: DRAFT, Paul, received, born, Ephesus, synagogue, lambano, evil spirits, spirit
Format: audio
Publication Date: 10-27-1968

Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.

By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.

In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.

Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.

Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).

Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.

Act 18:24-28; 19:1-3

Act 19:4-10

Act 19:11-14; 8:6

Act 19:15-20; (Psa 138:2)




snt-0371_acts_18_24ff(vpw) DRAFT

SUMMARY KEYWORDS: Paul, received, born, Ephesus, synagogue, lambano, evil spirits, spirit

That's chapter 18. We have the great record in God's word of the moving of the mighty Word of God. In the first century, there's a mighty ministry of the apostle Paul, the book of Acts as most of you people know, all of you know who have sat in our research teaching sections through these years, is the first book in the New Testament. It is the pivotal book. The gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are Old Testament. The book of Acts, is the fulcrum, on which the New Testament and the Old Testament work together is the record, the biblical record of the rise and the expansion of the Christian church. If we want to know what happened in the Christian church, we've got to go back to the book of Acts. And then, of course, if you want to get into the depth of how each church operated, you get into the epistles, like the epistle address to the Colossians, to the Philippians, because at that scillonian to the Romans. Acts chapter 18, is where we have to begin to understand what happened in the great city of Ephesus. Ephesus was the great metropolitan city of Asia Minor. And I do not want to take the time to tell you the history of Ephesus and of its background, this you can read in that 40 volumes or something, whatever it is, you know, getting think of Encyclopedia Britannica, I guess, or some other. But you can't read in the Encyclopedia Britannica the greatness of the truth, that is set forth in the 18th chapter, beginning with the 24th verse. And there we must start if we're going to understand what happened at Ephesus, and a certain Jew named appulse, verse 24, to 18 was born, born in Alexandria, and eloquent man, and mighty in the lot Scripture. He was not mighty in many other things, but in the scriptures, he was a mighty man. I have heard people refer to a policy as the golden tongued arbiter of the New Testament. He was an eloquent man mighty in the Scriptures. And he came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord and being forgiven in the Spirit. The text as it's written, from the Greek reads, and being spiritually fervent, he was spiritually on the move. Spiritually fervent, he spent and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of odd. Now there is a great key, can you keep getting more than what you know? No, no person can teach any more than what he or she knows. Now, a palace was a mighty man of God, according to the Scriptures. But he only knew up to and as far as the baptism of odd, and John's baptism was a baptism of water. That's what the word says. That's all he knew. So when Apollo came to Ephesus, he could lead the people into the new birth, but he could only get them through


John's baptism, which would be a lot of baptism. And he verse 26, began to speak boldly in the synagogue, whom when Aquila and Priscilla heard heard, they took him unto them and expounded on to him, the wire the way of God more perfectly now that's beautiful.


This great man of Polish. A mighty preacher, was taken home for chicken dinner by too late people, but quella and Priscilla, Aquila and Priscilla, who had been tossed out of Rome because of their believing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And it comes to Ephesus, just lay people. These lay people took a policy the golden tongue or at your home with him. A policy must have been a tremendous man and don't you forget it. He was humble enough to be instructed by Aquila and Priscilla. And they expounded on to him the way of God more perfectly had a palace known the way of God more perfectly they would not have needed to odd, expound And the reason they had Dex founded on him is because he knew only the baptism of God. And ladies, gentlemen, that's about as far as we've gone today in the modern Christian church. We're still hung up after 2000 years, basically on the same principles that Apollo was hung up on. You nobody wants to listen to the Aquilla Zen facility. Don't we keep going on?


Well, it's good lord. And when he was disposed to pass into a cave,


the brethren wrote exhorting the disciples to receive Him who, when he was come, help them much, which had believed through good works. Through lot, grace, grace is divine favor from God demand, all believing his true divine favor, for he mightily convinced the Jews and that publicly showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was one. And it came to pass, that while a palace was a Korean, Paul, having passed through the upper coasts came where? to Ephesus, and when he came to Apple says, What did you find there? Certain disciples, who had discipled them to the Lord, apologize, who had been there, he had been the one who had won them to the Lord, He is the one who got them saved, converted, born again of God's spirit of palace did this. So that when Paul gets to Ephesus, he already find certain disciples there. Now remember that this becomes very important. He said unto them in verse two, have you received the Holy Ghost is King James here? First of all, there is no article D in any critical Greek texts. And the word Holy Ghost is the word for NUMA huggy own Holy Spirit. Small H smallest. Now they had received Holy Spirits spiritually, because they were already born again for they were already disciples, right. You're not a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, a follower of his until you're born again of God's Spirit. You're not You're not in the family until you're born again. I'm Victor Paul. We're well not before I was born, but after I was born, because of my father and mother. Now I'm Victor polwart. Now I'm in the family. If we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must first be born again. These disciples were born again. That's what made him disciples. When Paul got there, he said them Have you received a new Maha Gill. He didn't say to them, have you been born again? He knew they were born again. They were saved, they had eternal life. But the question he asked them, have you received into manifestation this gift which you receive spiritually? How do I know this? From the accuracy of the text? The word received is not the word deco my if the word Lombardo two entirely different words for the word received. One word the word deco my means to receive subjectively. The word long by no means to receive into manifestation or evidence. It's like the word bolo. from which we get the English word ball, follow means to throw ball is to throw lambino is cast forth. He said to them, have you gone by node anything? Have you manifested anything? Have you received and the word received class? Is the word Lombardo. Have you manifested? They had deco might. They had subjectively received spiritually they had received they were born again. They were heaven bound. But there's more to it than this. A lot more to it. If the word is right, and ladies and gentlemen, if the word is right, you haven't got a thing to stand on. Because you can't go by man's experience, that God's man's experience blows hot and cold. He said unto them, Have you loved Donald? New Baja Gill? Have you alarm Donald, this gift? Have you alone borrowed it? Have you received it in a manifestation? And they said unto him, are you said have you received it? No. Since you believed the word since is the same word in the text is the word wham. Because when you're born again of God's Spirit, you should receive it in a manifestation. But you can't receive beyond what you're taught. And if you're not taught you cannot manifest and you will not manifest. So he said have you received since you believed? And they said, we've not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost? Why hadn't they heard? Very simple Polish didn't know. They put Polish didn't know how could they hear? Roman says how they gonna hear without a preacher remember, how's the fella gonna preach the mighty saint? Oh,


we have not so much as heard, we have not so much is heard. whether there be any new moggill, again, could be a lowercase. I was just talking about the gift, not the giver. They had heard about God, who is the Holy Spirit, they had heard about that. For this has to be taught to a Miami he's going to be born again of God's Spirit, he has to know that. But what they had not heard is that there was a long binary possible a manifestation possible or receiving into the senses round which would be indicative of the reality of the presence of God within. We have not so much as heard whether there be any blue Maha Gill. And he said on them, what were you baptized? And they said under what? John's baptism and what kind of baptism was John's baptism? Why has there been water baptized? This is all a policy issue and a man can't do beyond what he knows and what he teaches his people back to what his people believe. And go beyond. Do you know that this is the last case recorded in the New Testament of anybody being water baptized right here. Make a note of that in your Bible and then read your Bible from here on out and see if you can prove me wrong. That becomes singularly significant and he speaks loudly and communicates clearly to our ears. If we have spiritual ears here. Then said Paul, John barely baptized with the baptism of repentance saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him that is on Christ. When they heard this, first of all, the word this is in italics, scratch. It's an it proves it tells you that they added it from the text, it is not in the text. They they used in a participle form, when they having heard, having heard what what a policy was teaching, they were baptized in the name of the Lord. Now, in verses four and finally, we have the record of Paul's giving by revelation what God wanted him to say, regarding what a palace did. Paul did not baptize them in water. Does day are verse four? Look at it again. saying unto the people that day, they hope that's the question you're asked to ask those day, who heard John, not Paul. They who heard John not Paul, what? What John, what apologize, preach rather good believe on Him, we should come after him. That is on Christ Jesus. When they having heard that which a palace toss them, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.


Number six, and the word and has to be the word but both Greek both same Greek word. And the reason you know this is because of context.


And the way in which the Word of God works itself all the way through, and as a conjunction. Which ties that which goes before in correspondence with that which follows while but that's that which precedes and that which follows in contrast. In verses four and five, we have the record of what a palace did. Now in contrast to what a palace did, we go to verse six. But when Paul had laid his hands upon them the How do you own the pathoma? The holy the Spirit came on them. And they speak with tongues and what? Now, in verse two we just read, he said, Have you alarmed, bottled Holy Spirit? In verse six? We read that when they Lombardo. What did they do? They spoke with tongues and they want. That's what the word says. That's what it means. And it says plain as day to anybody that can read and logically follow what it says. And verse seven says that they had 5346 and a Half Men hmm. And all the men, all the men were what? That's a big congregation, isn't it? That's very few men. In that great city of Ephesus. Only how many men only about 12 Not toiled not to say toil will have the same problem as we do with 120 in the upper room. On the day of Pentecost, the ball I can hardly believe this when I read it because of the rest of the record. You would have to say that his publicity campaign didn't work for good. Because after all, he didn't have 20,000. And today, unless you can command 15 20,000, your ministries have flopped in the eyes of most people, because most people are conditioned by crowds, not accuracy. All the men were about 12. And that's the whole record of what happened in Ephesus. To begin with, now we got about 12 men. And in the next two years and a few months, we're going to see what those about 12 Did, plus others. Verse eight says, And he referring to Paul went into the synagogue and spoke reluctantly, hesitantly, no, he spoke boldly. He spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading things concerning the kingdom of law. Why don't you talk about the kingdom of heaven. We did your Bible fall to pieces. He talked about the Kingdom of God. And there's as much difference between it as day and night, he talked about the only thing that he could really talk to them about. We want to talk about the Kingdom of God tonight, or the kingdom of heaven, the difference between it but those words there are really tremendous. He went to synagogue. The synagogue was the place where people were supposed to listen to the word right. It's a place just like we have today, in different organizations, different groups, different buildings, where the right of God ought to be taught. This was a place where the word was supposed to meet. That's where the unrolled the scrolls, that's where they read them. This is where Paul went, and for three months, he spoke boldly. Verse nine. And when divers, divers as many were hard, and believe not, but spective, all of that way. Before the mala to key, Paul committed the unforgivable sin. He departed from them and he separated the disciples and He split that thing knocked down the metal because you didn't have that many.


That's right. He left the vast majority right there. In the synagogue, with the mortgage, and everything else, he left them keep the whole dip. And he said to those who wanted to hear God's word and wanted to believe it, he said, You disciples who want to follow the accuracy of God's word with me, you come with me. And he, it says, so I didn't write the word. He departed from them. He separated the disciples. And he went and disputed daily in the School of one called what? Duran he took those who wanted to believe God's word, who wanted to get into the depths of it. He took those with him and he went to the School of Tyrannis. He did not go to law court and try to get the building.


No, you didn't read the paper the other week where a couple of were added.


Of course, being anything else fight or no word of mouth as well, but we're building tremendous things. You see if you did this today, or if I did it, we get the whole community down on us and everybody else. Because our teaching today is you're never guaranteed anything which would divide the body. Truth never divide the body and only separates doubt the unbelievers from the body, that's all. So he spoke the truth. But when many of them were hardened, and even spoke evil of that way, he Paul's separated the disciples, he went to the School of tyrannical. And this continued, verse 10, by the space of what, two years, so that all day which dwells in Asia, now this Asia is not Asia, you understand it? It is Asia Minor. That all day, you can look on a map sometime, which dwelt in Asia Minor, hurt the word of the Lord Jesus both want. And ladies and gentlemen, 32 years and three months, all Asia Minor heard the word of God, the Word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks, under the Ministry of one man, the apostle Paul, and the above 12 Man that it started out with, but not before de Lombardo, the Holy Spirit afterwards. A feat which has not been duplicated in our day, and in our time. We've got multi-millions admissions. We have radio, television, newspapers, religious periodicals, and never cloud never in the history of one generation, have we ever reached all Asia Minor with the Word of God? And we're not doing it in 19 160.


Ladies, gentlemen, there has to be. There has to be a reason. Because every cause has a affected every effect has its


people, you've got to come up with some so why was it possible? For a man who split the synagogue, separated out, started out with about 12 men. And in less than two years and six months, all Asia Minor had the opportunity to hear the Word of God, both Jew and Gentile.


Either God's gotten weaker. Or God, no wonder no longer wants to reach people.


Or his philosophy or method or something's wrong someplace far, we're missing the boat. And we're not just honest enough to stand up and say, All right, what more is there that I need to help to make God's word abound in our day, and in our time? I think it is axiomatic that no one man could reach all Jew and Gentile in Asia Minor by himself, right. But he had about 12 men to start with. What did he do? The very principle and the only principle that ever reaches men and women and really gets the job done. And that is he took them to the school of Taranis and he instructed them in the Word. Then when this person was fully instructed, or fully enough, instructed that he could handle the word without anybody backing him up against the wall and beaten his eyes out. He sent that man out, then another man, then another man, each one would win one. And then if I won this person, I'd stick with him until he could walk. You know, you can get born again in a moment of time and be stupid the rest of the days of your life but walk along and miss the greatest blessings God has available. Because birth is of grace, mercy of God. Like the first birth you get born in a moment of time. When you're born again, it's in a moment a time like that. But after they're born again, that's when they need nurturing. That's when they need lifting up that's when we have to bottle feed them, pants them you know and all these other little details that go with growing up. Finally, they learn to eat with a spoon, you know to have the spoon in this hand but they're still working this one all over their face is like the word to you can't expect people to master the word and walk in the greatness of it the day after they're born again. So what do you do you feed them. And first you spoon feed them, give them a little milk, then you make a little more butter fat in it. And finally get to the place where you can feed him steak and some of these other things spiritually, and then they go out with a date teach someone and they nurture and lift that one up. People as far as I understand the word, that's the only way it's ever going to the job ever really gets done. All these other things we do are simply media, avenues, maybe methods or ways whereby you get their attention. There's only one way to really get men and women born again have God's Spirit filled with the Holy Spirit and getting a knowledge of the God's words, they can walk on it. And that is each one will have to teach one. You've got to learn this word so tremendously, that you know the accuracy of it, and you can lift the children up and keep nurturing them and building the greatness that God's Word in them guild they are able to walk then they win someone else. And they help that person. That's exactly how all as a miner heard the word of God in two years. no radio, no television, no newspaper, no multi millions in mission work. Yet all Asia Minor heard the word of God. This caused quite a stir in that great city of Ephesus, and all around Asia Minor. Listen, verse 11, says, And God wrought spatial miracles. by the hands of poll, the original text reads as follows. And God was doing no ordinary mighty works by the hands of Paul. God was doing them by the hands of who. And without the hands of Paul, it would not have been what accomplished or done. Right? God is Spirit. He has no hands but our hands with which to give them bread. Remember that little poem or whatever it is? No feet, but our feet with which to move among the almost dead. We say that we are His and He is ours. Deeds are the proof of that not words. These are the proving hours. I don't know who wrote it, but Right. He gave unto us as you prayed tonight, or said, the ministry of reconciliation and the word of reconciliation, what the Word says he has committed the word of reconciliation and the ministry to his children. And I remember the record at me look it up. I think it's x 8x. Six. That's right.


I take six in scenario. The people would want a cord GAPI down to those things Phillips fake hearing and seeing the miracles which God dead? No, but who did him? That's what the word says. That's what it means over in Acts chapter 19. Who did the miracles but but the power of God that was where, if that's always the key, without Christ in you, you could not do it, but with Christ in you, you have to do it. And everybody else that I read in their stuff, always say God's doing it. The Bible says demand dandy by the power of God that's in now you just got to make up your mind whether the Bible is right or whether man's talk is right. I'll stick with the word. We're doing no ordinary mighty works. by the hands of Paul that from his body were brought under the sick handkerchiefs or aprons and the diseases departed from them and evil spirits Numata went out of them no D in any critical Greek text again, and that he ceases departed from them and evil spirits went out of them. You see verse 12 does not say that you go around town now as an evangelist and as a healer. And you take a bed sheet or something to like cheat you cut it up with what do you call those shares that make those curlicues thinking here? I don't know if any of you fortunate people have ever received copies of those I have. They send them to me and they say they laid their hands on and they anointed him and prayed for him and they were sending it to me that I'd received God's blessing. Boy, oh boy boy. Why don't we come back to work? If God said to me, cut up the bed sheet with a painting chairs and give it to Johnny jump up and it will deliver him. Then if I've cut up To bed sheet with painting chairs, give it a Johnny jump up, I guarantee you, God would go up delivery. But you can cut up bedsheets till you're blue in the face. And God does not deliver because God never gave the order to you to cut it up if he tells you to cut up, but boy, it's like Moses, Old Testament, God said to him take up the rod that stick right? And it will turn out to be a serpent. Oh, Jesus to get the pots filled with water. And they turned out to be what? You tried to fill a pot with water and pray all night get God to make wine out of it. That's for alcoholics, or something doesn't work. It doesn't work by because you have not been one commissioned commit. That's the whole key. Moses was commissioned, and he obeyed God's word. That was Jesus was commissioned by God to fill the water pots with water, command them to turn to wine and they get wet. And the Bible said it was good stuff. Well, that 12% or so? Oh, I know people on grape juice. Well, you just have your grape juice if you're like you can't touch the texts on anyways. But you see, why not just believe God's word. He runs special miracles by the hands of Paul. He wrote no ordinary, mighty works by the hands of Paul, he told them to take this. And as they brought down his body, these things, the diseases departed from them and evil spirits went out of them. Then, verse 13, Then certain of the Vagabond Jews. exorcists and xr is his is one who exercises demo spirits as his at his beck and call. It is one who has familiar spirits or a familiar spirit singular or plural at his beck and call at his invitation the woman at Endor Samuel many of them today in the field of religion, even among those that call themselves Christian we have the same type of man who say they are Christians doing this we'll see how Christian the situation is. These were exorcist. They took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits now that's almost funny.


People and evil spirits were calling over others who had evil. It's a wonderful counterfeit. It's a dandy you know why? Because if I am a captain and I got a buck private Who do you think's gonna do the work I keep in the army All right now spiritually the same thing is true in ordered. A bigger devil spirit will make a little devil spirit jump. And some of us that have moved in the casting out a devil spirits in the ministry know and have seen this 1000 times in our ministries. Here were men who were exorcist. This is what in spiritualism they call casting out of devils. And all casting out of devils is in Spiritualism is where a man with a bigger devil spirit castlehill or devil spirit out of another fella and they call that cast the devil spirits. But because we have no knowledge of God's word, we say Oh, isn't that great? Isn't that wonderful?


Well, anyways, they called over him the name of the Lord Jesus. You know what most of us would have done we'd give him a deep dive on a front view or something. Because after all, they mentioned the name of the Lord Jesus and all you have to do is just mention his name. Bert tickled to death to have you in the fellowship. And they saying we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches. That's a real second hand we are getting around to it, isn't it? And you know who did this? The top echelon, the top religious brass. These were the seven sons of boom Skiba a to keep up the rod. Which dead so the chief priests sons were the ones who were filled with devil spirits and who did this job. Ladies and gentlemen, let me ask you. What, what what did that Chief Priests teach his sons? You know what the word God says, If we train up a child in the way is to go in the way to God when he's old, he's not going to depart from it. We talk about our young people today. Don't get on my back on that. That's right. Because remember if our young people are not walking somebody missed the boat that's older than the young people and I would be my place writing. Remember the record of the fellow pointed his finger and he said never pointed because when you're doing you got three pointing back to yourself. You see something had missed the boat. But you know what we like to do? We like to pass the buck. We say all they were black cheats. Well, boy, you got all messed up in one family here seven up. We're not We're not looking for answers, ma'am. We're looking for an excuse. That we do not need to believe God's Word or understand it, and walk in it. Tremendous thing has happened. And the evil spirit answered and said, It was he who did the talking through the lips and through the mouth of the medium. The mediums were these seven sons of Skiba, a Jew. These spirits through the mouth, using their vocal cords, their lips, their tongue, just like in the Arthur Ford situation. And many others who might could name they simply become channels, they become mediums. They become what they call sensitive to the Spirit. Boy, don't you ever speak to me about being a channel for God? I'm not a channel for God, I am a son of God by choice. And by God's mercy, and by God's grace, when I confessed with my mouth, the Lord Jesus, believe God raised Him from the dead, He saved me. And I am not possessed. I am not controlled. I am not a medium. But by God's mercy, and by God's grace, I'm a son of God born again of God's spirits that puts you in the family of God. Evil spirits that Jesus I know. And Paul, I know, but who in the world are you? That's something but who are you? That's what verse 15 says. They talk about making TV shows, they'll read the word make some of these, when these be dynamic. Get the good cast of characters. You'd have a good cast here, if you had these stones. Here we have carried the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus, I know and Paul, I know but three, and the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them. The man the one man of the seven in whom this evil spirit was speaking true to what he was talking about. He leaped on all these others and overcame them and prevailed against them. So they find out that house naked and walk will not be a sight.


I think you can get the picture. Verse 17, and this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at where


and fear fell on them all. And the name of the Lord Jesus was lot magnifying the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. Why? Because man dared to stand for God's word and boldly declared, even in the synagogue, when the trouble began. He took them out, he went to school of Toronto. He taught the people who wanted to hear God's word. And the move was afoot. And the record of what happened there became known to everybody in emphasis. And because of what happened there, the name of the Lord Jesus was what? magnifying the tremendous thing. One of our friends brought me a newspaper clipping tonight. If I had the time, I'd go find out what kind of baloney it is. He says challenge to anyone in America, that's me. Due to I guess, the old pay or $15,000 It's right in here. $15,000 In the interest of truth. I Palmer Bradley claim that the dead can return and prove their presence under test conditions. Contact radio stations newspapers regarding this. And he says he's a spirit medium and he's an ESP expert. And he's coming to Springfield, Ohio, Saturday, November the second at 8pm. Sorry, I can't make it because I'm going to be with the women here at the Women's advance even if Peters gone away


I'd like to challenge this. I already know what the requirements are. Even though I've never been there. I like but that's quite some brass. Do you know that there's nobody in Springfield going to challenge this? Because 90% of them that live down and go to church every Sunday going to believe in half of what they they read here. I've been throws out this whole meal. That's right. Any one of you people who have really worked to work can handle the answers to this thing. They're offering $15,000 We ought to go get it with one another failed.


Ah boy, this is why we need to teach and then people need to take the word again. My heart bleeds over this kind of stuff. Far beyond what you realize. But this is the time we live in the days we live in. Because we're loaded with religion. Everybody's got a million opinions regarding everything. But very little accurate knowledge of God's word of dust simple. And when he went into the synagogue and preached, you know, he didn't spend much time giving his experience. He spoke the word of God. That's what he presented boldly when he talked about the Kingdom of God. Well, it says in verse 18, was the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. Many that believe came and confessed and showed their what deeds did they can't confess their sin? Nah, they just can't came to confess how miserable they had been before and all these other things. The reason I know that is because many of them also which used curious arts


ESP? Do you call these things you put around your neck?


Amelie, I can always think of omelette, that's what you have for breakfast. And those little pendants, you know, remember recently, I think it was last year she was away magazine I wrote called I had this wonderful invitation to join this universal book club, the one that's way out. And if I would only hurry, they even enclosed a self addressed stamped airmail envelope because they wanted me to hurry so much to join the Club. They'd give me $35, or whatever it was the amount of books and I buy loads for almost nothing. And in addition to that, they send me one of these pendants that I could ask questions of whether my child was going to be male or female. That was one of the statements, boy or girl. And I got to think and when I find out nine months anyway, so why is this? Oh, silly, isn't it. But anything to hoodwink anything to take God's people and I want to tell you, Satan's not after the unbeliever out there. He's already got him, but to get God's people away from God's word and get them hooked on something that Satan controls that you think you got the crew and you live our ladies and gentlemen, these people in a synagogue were as sincere as the Apostle Paul. But sincerity is no guarantee for truth. The devil is just as sincere as you are. Truth is truth. Has nothing to do with sincerity. It's still true. This is why it says many of them also reduce curious art brought their books together and burn them before all and they counted the price of them and they found out it was worth 50,000 watts. Boy oh boy, that was quite a book burning ceremony. They got rid of their life and time Saturday Evening Post I suppose playboys and all the rest a lot worse than that. They got rid of their books of the dead. The seven last books of Moses. They got rid of those little booklets that say the read to the mind. The others. I can name your 100 they burned them. And you know what happened? Verse 20, is the great part of it. So my tell your guru, the word of God. Wonderful groom. The word groom, not my opinion, their opinion, their opinion, but the thing that grew was what the word the word grew. Ladies and gentlemen on killed, our word grows, we just talk about it. But it's not only in the growing of the word, but it's when that word has preeminence. Like it says in the Psalms that God magnified, is worried about all his name. He studies worried about these names. It doesn't say he said Reader's Digest, like Looker time, Saturday Evening Post, my experience are yours above his name. He didn't even set the heavens, above his name. God's creations are tremendous the stars in their courses, the heavens that he created the earth, tremendous creation. But he didn't say of them that he said his creations above his name. You know what the word says? He said he's worried about his name. Psalm 100. And something 38. He said he's worried about all his navy magnified, is worried above his name of all of God's works, the greatest of his work is His Word. And the word grew. And it did one thing was the nail in the prevailing that you see men and women born again of God, Spirit filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, moving in the greatness of the wonderful power of God. Now you can know God's word, but until it prevails, you don't get the job done. It's in the prevailing that the word is not a wonderful record from God's word. This is the record in Asia Minor. And this is what God wrought there by the mighty Ministry of a man who believes and about 12 Other minutes.