PAUL'S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY -Meanwhile, Apollos Comes to Ephesus
Paul was revisiting Phyrgia and Galatia. Soon he would make his way to Ephesus. Aquila and Priscilla were already in Ephesus, having been stationed there by Paul in the spring (cf.18:18-21). Meanwhile, an eloquent man named Apollos visited Ephesus. The fact that he came from Alexandria, Egypt is significant. There were great theological schools in Alexandria, out of which came some notable teachers of Church history such as Clement and Origen.
Apollos was “mighty in the scriptures”and yet there were certain things lacking in his theology. When someone lacked knowledge in the Early Church, the Church leaders did something about it. We have to make sure that those whom we raise up can rightly divide the word of truth before we let them teach. Aquila and Priscilla did not let Apollos go on without correcting his doctrine. Apollos only knew about “John's baptism,” a baptism before the cross that looked forward to the coming Christ. Those who were baptized before the cross needed to be rebaptized after the cross.
No one could be baptized into Christ's death, burial and resurrection before the cross. A prominent teaching in the New Testament is the necessity of water baptism after our new birth. From Ephesus, Apollos went to Achaia (Corinth) where he “helped them much through grace.” Apollos had been recommended to Corinth by the brethren in Ephesus. Recommendations are important. We should only recommend good men whom we know well. Apollos was to become an integral part of Corinth (1 Cor. 3:5-7). Certainly, God sent other ministries into the churches Paul started. This is needed for balance and diversity. However, Paul made sure they had the same vision and doctrine.
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