Apollos

And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord…

For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Acts 18:24-25a, 28

We don’t know a lot from the Scriptures about this man named Apollos.  But the things that we do know are good things.  God chose to put these things about this man in His Holy Word, so we will look at them and hopefully receive some wisdom, instruction and inspiration from them.

Apollos had several things about him that were mentioned.  First, he was “an eloquent men.”  God had given him a talent for speaking and he used it wisely.  There have been many talented orators throughout history.  Some have used their talent for the Lord and for good – such as this Apollos or George Whitfield.  Others have used their talent for indescribable evil – such as Adolf Hitler or Jim Jones.  Being a talented speaker is a wonderful thing, if used in the service of the Lord.

The second thing mentioned is that he was “mighty in the scriptures.”  That is something that should be said of every Christian, but sadly, it cannot be.  We should all be “mighty in the scriptures.”

He was also “fervent in the spirit.”  He had the right spirit and was fervent in it.  The dictionary defines “fervent” as “having or displaying a passionate intensity.”  That sounds like what our attitude toward the things of the Lord should be.

He also “taught diligently the things of the Lord.”  Whether we realize it or not, we are always teaching someone.  What are we teaching people today?

And, last but not least, he spent his time “shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.”  That is what we should be doing with our time.

While we don’t know much about this Apollos, he does seem to be someone for us to emulate!

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