Acts 18:25-19:7 – December 24, 2006

December 18, 2006 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

APOLLOS IS MENTORED IN THE FAITH (verse 25-28) and PAUL ARRIVES AT EPHESUS (verse 1-7)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In verse 25, we see that Apollos was instructed in the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. What does this mean?

Clues) This is about the baptism of John the Baptist.

Discussion) Apollos knew the Scriptures up to the point of the baptism of John the Baptist (water baptism) but he did not hear about what Jesus did on the cross and how He came back from the dead. This blows apart the fallacy that everyone in this region had heard about what happened to Jesus. Apollos was a highly regarded figure and had many times crossed through Israel but had never heard about Jesus nor the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Q2) How can we be fervent in the spirit, right now, today?

Clues) What does fervent mean?

Discussion) We can be fervent by having a passion for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and letting it flow forth from our heart and soul like a river. Fervent is zeal and passion expressed in people’s lives.

Q3) What did Aquila and Paul do in verse 26, and why is this important?

Clues) This is a trick question, it was Aquila and Priscilla.

Discussion) They took Apollos aside and told him about what Jesus did on the cross and how He was raised from the dead. They did not quench the fire that Apollos had, but added to the fire and as you see in the last verses of the chapter he was more zealous for God than before.

Q4) Apollos was extremely important in Corinth, to the point where he had disciples (read I Corinthians 3:4-6). When Paul met these disciples in Acts 19:1-7, did he belittle Apollos to these disciples?

Clues) Do leaders of opposing denominations do this today?

Discussion) Apollos had just left Ephesus for Corinth and Paul had just arrived in Ephesus. Instead of belittling Apollos to his disciples or telling them to follow him instead of Apollos since Apollos did not know about Jesus, he told them about Jesus. This is something that leaders of all churches need to get. It is not about who we can get into our churches, but it is how effectively we can point others towards Jesus and what He did for each of us. Paul could have seen Apollos as a threat (remember that Paul had no disciples, but Apollos had 12 disciples) but he did not. Paul knew who he was in Christ and therefore when a new leader was emerging, he wanted to give the followers of the new leader tools to effectively witness and have a closer relationship with God.

Q5) What is the baptism of John, found in verse 25? (Read Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33, Acts 1:5, Acts 11:15, and Acts 19:1-5)

Clues) This is of John the Baptist.

Discussion) This is the baptism by water that signifies as an act that you completely agree with the death, burial, and ressurrection of Jesus. This is not for salvation, if it was, then the thief that hung on the cross next to Jesus would not be in paradise like Jesus said he would be. This is an act of obedience, just like in the Old Testament it was an act of obedience to have to go to the priest witha specific type of animal to have it sacrificed for the sins that you had committed.

Q6) Do you agree or disagree that there is another baptism after the baptism of repentance (salvation) and water baptism?

Clues) Verses 5 through 7 talk about these baptisms.

Discussion) Yes there is the baptism of repentance which is salvation, water baptism which is the first thing that all new believers are commanded to do, and then baptism of the Holy Spirit which is the empowering of the believer to do the things that Jesus was able to do here on earth. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the final thing for the believer to want, instead it is the start of a new journey where you can then start operating within the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When you have been baptized by the Holy Spirit you have not attained some special level, but the Lord has seen fit for you to start doing a service for Him.

CHALLENGE: Acts 18:24 mentions that Apollos was born in Alexandria, Egypt. What translation of the Old Testament did Alexandria give to the world in the second century B.C.?

This is the Septuagint. This is the Old Testament that was translated into the common Greek tongue. Alexandria, Egypt, was a thriving metropolis that had over 70 different nationalities that lived there. The Jews were one of the nationalities but they lost their effective talking in Hebrew, since most of them talked in the common Greek tongue for commerce. In the second century B.C., the Alexandrian Jews had 70 different scribes come from Israel and translate the Old Testament into the Greek tongue. These 70 scribes did this at different times and separate from all the others. These translations ended up being the same and this then became the first translation out of Hebrew of the Old Testament. Apollos learned the Scriptures from this translation and not the scrolls found in Israel. This is where Alexandria starts to become a force for the new found church along with the northern part of the Mediterranian countries.

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