In Your Bible: Acts 18:1-4:24-28 NLT
In Acts 18:1-4 we learn Paul stayed with Priscilla and Aquila for 18 months while he preached in the Synagogue. Later, Priscilla and Aquila helped Apollos, a scholar of Old Testament prophecies, find the Messiah. Apollos, empowered with the complete gospel, helped many receive the grace of God.
Apollos a learned Jew from Egypt who lived in Ephesus, knew Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. 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 (Acts 18:25 New Living Translation).
In Ephesus he taught what he knew of repentance but didn’t understand the coming of the Holy Spirit. However, God helped him by sending two steadfast believers, Priscilla and Aquila, who had learned from Paul when he stayed with them for eighteen months in Corinth. *
When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preach boldly in the Synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately (Acts 18:26 NLT). They told about Christ, His crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Holy Spirit – things Paul had discussed with them.
This shows God’s overall purpose for mankind – repent and receive Jesus as Savior. Then serve Him. Learn and study Scripture, teach lovingly, and support those bringing the message of Jesus. Apollos, empowered with the complete gospel, helped many receive the grace of God.
Prayer: Father, show me ways to encourage and support those I meet with the gospel and Jesus’ love.
Questions: When was the last time you were nudged to help correct a person, but knew in your heart it’d best be done privately not publicly? What occasions in the Bible have you found that connect people to build up rather than criticize?
*The Daily Study Bible Series, Acts of the Apostles, William Barclay, St Andrews Press, Edinburg, Scotland, 1955, p. 146.