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Paul and Apollos

Paul and ApollosThough the Luke the Evangelist's description is not completely clear, it would seem probable that Apollos had no knowledge of the risen Lord until Aquila and Priscilla informed him. He had merely been impressed with the preaching of John the Baptist who foretold the coming of one mightier than himself. Dr. Michael Green tells us that Aquila and Priscilla were wealthy and generous people who owned homes in a number of cities. They were prepared to have lodgers like the Apostle Paul and Apollos and they were willing to open their home up to the Christian community with all the inconvenience that must have sometimes involved.✞

Open Houses

Roman Era HouseA church met in Aquila and Priscilla's homes in Corinth, Ephesus and Rome. Clearly they kept open house, and went to the trouble of writing commendatory letters for their visitors upon departure, putting them in touch with Christians elsewhere. They did not forget absent friends either, but were diligent in sending greetings. There must have been something infectious about their relationship with one another which impressed visitors to their home.

Learned the Way

The WayApollos learnt "the Way" from his stay in their home. "The Way" is an early description of the Christian path and its disciples. Jesus said in John 14.6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father, but by me." Acts 24.14 also describes the Christian church as "The Way" when Paul says, "I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect." "The Way" by the way, is also a description of the pilgrimage route called "the Way of St James" from France into Spain. Although Apollos was already an able expositor of Scripture, we read that he learnt to show from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.✞

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by Ron Meacock © 2017

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