The Dynamic Authority of God’s Truth
The search for the supernatural is nothing new to our generation. The attraction for mediums, sorcery, fortune-tellers, prophets, and the paranormal increases in any society that deny’s God. Paul characterized his culture as those who suppressed the truth, and those who knew God but did not honor him as God but instead exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images (Rom. 1:18, 21, 23). What we worship, we resemble, and what we trust, we worship.
Paul encountered a culture in Ephesus that was deeply mystical in their approach to religious matters. They sought out incantations and magical spells to relieve the God-sized vacuum in their life. In this setting, Paul demonstrates that God’s power supersedes the powers of any spells, superstition, and deception. In the end, Paul teaches that there is only one dynamic authority, God’s Word.
Insights for life:
- God’s miracles authenticate God’s truth – Acts 19:11-12
- The name of Jesus advances God’s truth – Acts 19:13-17; 8:9-11;13:6-12; Lk 8:26-33
- Sinners transformation affirms God’s truth – Acts 19:18-20
Practices for life:
- Defeating the enemy demands wearing God’s armor – Eph. 6:10-17
- Victory over sin is the result of the work of Jesus Christ – Eph. 5:6-8
- Transformation of the sinner is the Sovereign work of the Holy Spirit – Eph. 5:18-21