Around A.D. 55 Paul, ventures out on his third missionary journey through Macedonia, Galatia and Phrygia where he would continue to preach the gospel and spread the truth about the life, death and resurrection of the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth.
“24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.” (Acts 18:24-25)
Before he became a disciple of John the Baptist, Apollos was a persuasive, well educated Jewish rabbi who knew of the coming and ministry of the Christ, but lacked necessary knowledge required to fulfill the great commission that involved the truth about the resurrection of the Messiah from the dead, and the fulfillment of prophecy.
“26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (Acts 18:26)
Because his background involved Jewish teaching, and since he had been a Jewish rabbi, Like Paul Apollos used the Synagogues as his platform to preach the gospel which he knew from John’s ministry. But, since he had not known Jesus personally, and was not one of the seventy disciples chosen by the Christ to advance the gospel, his teaching required furtherance which was provided by Aquila and his wife Priscilla.
“27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 18:27-28)
When Apollos was scheduled to travel through Achaia, and visit Corinth, the Roman capital of the Greek province, he carried a letter of reference from church members in Ephesus. The letter, one of the first on record within the early Christian church would call on believers in Corinth to welcome Apollos with open arms.
When he arrived in Corinth, Apollos continued to further God’s kingdom using scripture to support the fact Jesus was indeed the Christ and promised Messiah. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre