Apollos…Educated and Teachable

   Posted by: John   in Older Posts, Scriptures

We were talking today in Gospel Doctrine about a man by the name of Apollos, a Jew who was born in Alexandria (Egypt).  Here is what is said about him in Acts 18:24-25.

24)  And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

25)  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

Brother Miner brought out a few interesting points about Apollos.  First, he is a Jew, born in Egypt.  He is an educated man, being mighty in the scriptures.  Being from Egypt, he would have spoken Egyptian, but also Greek.  For many years, the Egyptian Pharoahs were Greeks, and the Greek language was also written and spoken.  But, Apollos also had to have known Hebrew, since the scriptures were written in Hebrew.  Ephesus is well into the Roman empire, and having travelled and been in that part of the world, also likely knew Latin.  This man is no dummy.  Further, verse 24 states that he was “an eloquent man”, and I would take that to mean that, along with his education and demeanor, he was able to speak well.

Apollos taught the people the scriptures based on the knowledge that he had, but his knowledge is incomplete, as verse 25 says “knowing only the baptism of John”.

Now we come to the real interesting part about Apollos.  He is a man of education and standing.  Yet, he is also humble and willing to learn.  Continuing in Acts 18: 26-28:

26)  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

27)  And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:

28)  For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Some of the people, recognizing in Apollos an ability to speak and teach, but also seeing that he did not know it all, taught him the rest of the story, as it were, and he received it.  He then began teaching his expanded knowledge.  Apollos already knew the scriptures; he was learned and mighty in them.  He just needed to have some pieces filled in.  He was already teaching with great power,  but after receiving more knowledge, and likely receiving the Holy Ghost, he was able to convince many Jews, from the scripture that Jesus was the Christ.

This little passage got me to thinking about the number of people who have a portion of knowledge and truth.  Many are learned in the scriptures, to the point that they can preach and teach with great power and wisdom.  Yet, they are missing the fullness of the gospel.  Most people that I know who are of this caliber are not humble enough to recognize that there is more knowledge available through modern prophets.  I meet a lot of people, and most of their minds are closed to anything beyond what they already have.  What a pity that many of these people are not teachable.

It is fortunate that we have these few verses of scripture to let us know that there are some people who are ready to learn God’s word, and some of them are in positions of high education and standing.  Properly taught and prepared, they can be strong and bold voices of truth.  Apollos gives us this example and understanding.

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