Acts 18:22-25 says, “When [Paul] had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he only knew the baptism of John.” We know very little of this Apollos. Paul mentions him in his letters. He was one of the teachers that the Corinthians were clinging to (1 Corinthians). Some think he’s the author of Hebrews.
What we know from Acts is that he was a zealous Christian, but he was limited in his knowledge. He knew that the kingdom of heaven was near and that people were to repent and turn to the Messiah.
Verse 26: “He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.”
There are several things we can learn from Priscilla and Aquila. What can we learn from their example?
- It’s appropriate for us to correct one another in love.
- It’s best to do it offline.
- It’s good to maintain male headship. Notice that Priscilla is always listed first, which would indicate that she was more prominent as a believer. She was probably more learned, and so it’s quite possible that she did much of the explaining. However, she did it with her husband. She respected her husband’s headship in their family and didn’t go rogue.
Let us be like these siblings in Christ.