Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Accurate (And Even More Accurate)

In Acts 18:24-28 Apollos was eloquent, competent in the [Hebrew] Scriptures, instructed in the way of the Lord, fervent in Spirit, and was boldly and accurately teaching (to the Jews in the synagogue) the things concerning Jesus. When Priscilla and Aquila, who had been with Paul, heard Apollos, they took him and explained to him "the way of God more accurately". There was already accuracy--accuracy in what Apollos so far knew--but there was more accuracy needed, as the revelation of Christ through the Spirit continued to unfold through his apostles.

After this, when Apollos went in to Achaia, he "greatly helped those who through grace had believed"; he did this by powerfully refuting the Jews in public, "showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus".

Apollos had been useful to God before; now he was much more so, useful to God and to the church, because of his instruction in the epistles. That's what Priscilla and Aquila were giving him when they explained to him the way of God more accurately. They themselves had been learning from the already-written and also the not-yet-written words of Paul.

Jesus had told his apostles this would happen. "He [the Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you" (John 16:14). The Epistles they wrote are the words of Christ as much as any words written in red in the Bible, and they were the wrods Jesus planned all along to be taught and written after his ascension.

I think this is such a great story in Acts. Apollos's humility really stands out. God's providence and plan that brought him together with Priscilla and Aquila is sweet to see. The encouragement that there is always more to learn and that learning more accurately results in such greater fruit is so wonderful, and really exciting. And as a woman, I'm appreciative and grateful to the Lord for Priscilla's (and other women named in the gospels and epistles) share in the work of the kingdom. And thankful for Paul--faithful apostle of God.