This record of Apollos gives me great encouragement. So far in the Gospels and the book of the Acts of the Apostles, we have read the stories and heard the testimonies of men who had known Jesus personally, either during his life and ministry or, in Paul’s case, through a direct revelation from Jesus himself. Here we meet Apollos, a Jew from Alexandria in Egypt, who had only heard about Jesus and his way. He was an intelligent man who was well versed in the scriptures and so he had seen the truth of Jesus as the Messiah in the scriptures that we now know as the Old Testament. Apollos was preaching enthusiastically and correctly about Jesus. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they recognised his gift, and so they took him aside and gave him a more comprehensive training. They had been trained by Paul and so they passed on that knowledge to Apollos. I find myself surprised by this new desire to share the Good News with those who don’t yet know it. I wonder if Priscilla, Aquila or Apollos were ever surprised by what they did and how their lives were different after they had heard and accepted the truth about Jesus.
Acts 18:24-28 NLT
Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately. Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.
I have been taught the way of Jesus, and like Apollos, I too feel enthusiastic about sharing the teachings of Jesus with others as accurately and accessibly as possible. But also, I am in need of a more thorough understanding of how to interpret the scriptures, how best to pray, and how to live more fully in the way of Jesus. My humble prayer today and my goal for the future is, that The Lord will put me in the path of those who will recognise my enthusiasm to learn, and take the time to explain these things even more accurately. I pray that just as Apollos was tutored and mentored by Priscilla and Aquila, I might also be blessed by the wisdom and experience of those I have met and am yet to meet on this exciting journey with Jesus.
2 Kings 13:1-14:29, Acts 18:23-19:12, Psalms 146:1-10, Proverbs 18:2-3