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Acts 18

Acts 18

“Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” Acts 18:24-26

In this chapter, Apollo’s is introduced as an Alexandrian from Ephesus. He is described as one who was not only eloquent in word but also versed with the scriptures. It’s my assumption that his understanding was with the Torah.  And that he was able to competently connect the Old Testament prophecies with new Testament truths that pertained to both the gospel and the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Although knowledgeable and eloquent in word, it was clear that his understanding was incomplete. In fact, the text states that “he knew only the baptism of John.” After speaking at a the local synagogue, he was taken aside by Priscilla and Aquila and taught in “the way of God more accurately.”

Apollos is the perfect example that gift doesn’t always dictate spirituality or full understanding. In fact, in modern day Christianity, there are many men who come across with a learned tongue. These men are gifted oracles and appear to be fervent in the spirit, but the truth is, is that many of these messenger lack biblical knowledge.

May God give us the discipline to study and “rightly divide the word of truth” for the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God, are unsearchable in all His ways.” (Romans 11:33)