Vs. 1, “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus…” Paul is now on his third missionary journey and will spend over two years preaching the Gospel! In Ephesus, the spirit was so evident with Paul that even hankerchief’s and aprons that were touched by Paul were healing the sick when it was brought to them (vs. 12). The Seven sons of Sceva who tried to duplicate Paul’s exorcising of spirits show us that in order to expel a demon, you must be a Christian! These men had practiced sorcery…the spiritual world is battle that wages without us even realizing. Satan would continue in his efforts in Ephesus. The business people of Ephesus tried to bring a uprising in accusing Paul for the lack of people now buying their idols. That is an awesome thing that Paul was doing in Ephesus! The city was thrown into confusion, because Satan did not want a strong church in Ephesus…but God would prevail.
Regarding application…Bearing Witness. Vs. 10, “This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.” This is an incredibly awesome fact!!! Isn’t this amazing? Because of Paul’s perseverance & love, he would be such a light that everyone in the region (thousands of them) would know & hear of the Gospel! Jesus would command it…Paul would show us that it is possible! Everything you say, everything you do, everything you represent is bearing witness to this world. Let us have the courage & resolve to obey our Lord!