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In Ephesus we see the power of the risen Lord working through Paul so that the word of the Lord could spread widely.

BibleGateway: Acts 19:11-20

ESV Text: Acts 19:11-20

Acts 19:11–20 (Listen)

The Sons of Sceva

11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all1 of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.

Footnotes

[1] 19:16 Or both

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:25 and ends at about 2:52

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11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

     13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 451 (LSB 660):
Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus

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1. Stand up!–stand up for Jesus, 
Ye soldiers of the Cross! 
Lift high His royal banner, 
It must not suffer loss. 
From vict’ry unto vict’ry 
His army shall He lead 
Till ev’ry foe is vanquished 
And Christ is Lord indeed. 

2. Stand up!–stand up for Jesus! 
The trumpet-call obey; 
Forth to the mighty conflict 
In this His glorious day! 
Ye that are men, now serve Him 
Against unnumbered foes; 
Let courage rise with danger 
And strength to strength oppose. 

3. Stand up!–stand up for Jesus! 
Stand in His strength alone; 
The arm of flesh will fail you, 
Ye dare not trust your own. 
Put on the Gospel armor, 
Each piece put on with prayer; 
Where duty calls or danger, 
Be never wanting there. 

4. Stand up!–stand up for Jesus! 
The strife will not be long; 
This day the noise of battle, 
The next, the victor’s song. 
To him that overcometh 
A crown of life shall be; 
He with the King of Glory 
Shall reign eternally.