Apollos, a learned Jew instructed in the Lord’s way came to Ephesus and spoke boldly at the synagogue. This act got him an invitation to the home of Priscilla and Aquila where he was further taught God’s way adequately.
Apollos went on to Achaia, where he was welcomed and was of great help to those who by grace believed. He, in a debate with his Jewish opponents proved the validity of Jesus as the messiah using scriptures.
Paul arrived at Ephesus and discovered that some disciples he found there had never heard of the Holy Spirit nor received Him, for they received only the baptism of John. He went on to educate the twelve of them on John’s baptism and the need to believe in Jesus Christ. They believed, were baptised in the name of the Lord, spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Paul spoke boldly in the synagogue about God’s kingdom for three months but left when He realised some of them were unyielding. He lectured daily along with the disciples at Tyrannus for two years, ensuring that all who resided in the province of Asia heard God’s word, and God showed up with signs and wonders.
The Seven sons of Sceva and a Jewish priest attempted to invoke the name of Jesus on the demon-possessed, but were disgraced, this caused fear among the Jews and Greeks, and the name of the Lord was revered. Many confessed their wrong doings and repented whilst the word of God spread and grew in power.
There is power in the name of Jesus and His word. We see the disciples in this passage changing lives with the word of God at every turn.
Have you ever found yourself in a life threatening or destiny destroying situation? Speak the word!
Meditate on God’s word day and night, be full of it and it will always set you free.
Thy word O Lord is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Reading – Acts 18:24-19:20
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
Paul in Ephesus
19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[b] you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[c] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the discipleswith him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesuswhom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.[d] 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
- Acts 18:25 Or with fervor in the Spirit
- Acts 19:2 Or after
- Acts 19:6 Or other languages
- Acts 19:19 A drachma was a silver coin worth about a day’s wages.