Reflections taken from Daily Mass Readings of the Catholic Church, New Zealand. The approach taken is that of Scripture Journaling or lectio divina (“Divine Reading”).
The Stumbling Follower has had no theological training and so his musings are just as the title suggests - Ramblings.
He hopes his love for the Lord Jesus will encourage and edify.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
...and yet, though he (Apollos) had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual earnestness and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had only experienced the baptism of John.
Apollos was a Jewish believer who preached with great eloquence from a head knowledge of scripture and of Jesus, but he hadn't had a heart experience with the Holy Spirit.
Luke, in writing the Book of Acts, here clearly infers that a water baptism, while necessary, is not enough. The consummate baptism for a follower of The Way is baptism in the spirit. It was baptism in the spirit that transformed and empowered the Apostles in the upper room. It was baptism in the spirit of Cornelius and his household that convinced Peter pagans could and should join the Church. It was baptism in the spirit, received from Ananaias, that completed Paul's radical conversion.