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Lessons from Apollos

April 30, 2018

“Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures,” (Acts 18:24, NASB).

It will do us well to examine what the Scriptures say regarding Apollos. The first thing we learn about him is that, “he was mighty in the Scriptures.” The Greek word used for mighty literally means powerful. The New English Translation says that he was, “well-versed in the scriptures.” Oh, that this were true of each of us! The Psalms tell us that God’s Word is a, “lamp to my feet, and a light to my path,” (Ps. 119:105, NASB). What does this mean then if we are not well-versed in the Scriptures? Does that not mean that we are walking around in darkness, not knowing where we are going? Imagine walking around in a basement, without windows, and without the lights on. This is what it is like to live our lives in this world without being well-versed in the Scriptures. The more familiar we become with the Scriptures, the brighter the lights will be, and the more we will not only be able to see where we are going, but will be able to see all of the obstacles over which we may trip. May God bless us to be well-versed in the Scriptures!

Second, we read that he was “teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus,” (Acts 18:25c, NASB). How important is it that we accurately understand the things of Christ? It is our eternal life. Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me,” (John 5:39, NASB). We must be well-versed in the Scriptures, but that is so that we accurately know and understand about Christ. Jesus also said, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent,” (John 17:3). A proper understanding of, and faith in, what the Scriptures teach about Jesus is vitally important. Apollos accurately understood the things about Christ.

Third, we read that Aquila and Priscilla took him aside to increase his understanding even more. After this time of learning, Apollos was even more powerful in the Scriptures (Acts 18:26-28). Although Apollos knew what he was talking about, he knew that he could always learn more, and was open to correction. One of the greatest downfalls for us is to assume that we have it all figured out and do not need to learn anything more. Perhaps we have had a successful ministry like Apollos. The temptation is to then say to the Aquilas and Priscillas in our lives, “Look, God is already using me, and blessing my ministry. I’m not sure why you think I need to continually improve.” Of course, this would have undermined the effectiveness of Apollos as he moved forward in his life. If we are not open to learning, and reject the Aquilas and Priscillas in our lives, we will not be used to the extent in which we could.

May God bless us to always be learning of Christ through the Scriptures. May we be powerful and well-versed in them. May God bless us to always be learning, and receive with joy those who help us to continue to grow!

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