Question: Are we teaching the rest of the story?
24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace;
28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
In Ephesus, Apollos, a Jew from Egypt, was mighty in the scripture and he spoke about the things of the Lord. However, Apollos only knew of John’s baptism. Aquila and Priscilla explained to him the way of God more accurately. Apollos then leaves and helps the believers in and around Corinth, and he refutes the Jews.
Are we striving to be mighty in the scriptures?
Eloquence may be out of our control, but learning God’s word is within our ability. Apollos knew the Old Testament scriptures, could probable quote them, and could explain them by great understanding to others. But his knowledge about Jesus was incomplete. However, we must admire Apollos’ example of being mighty in the Old Testament scriptures.
To be mighty in the scriptures takes a lot of time. Do we have a desire for God’s word like that? Let us spend as much of our time as possible to study The Bible that we may be a more useful tool in God’s hand for our own benefit and especially for the benefit of others. What else is taking up your time?
Do you believe the Bible really contains God’s words? Then should we not dedicate time to learning them? Should we not strive to become mighty in them?
Are we teaching “The Rest of the Story”?
Paul Harvey, an American radio personality, had a radio program called, The Rest of the Story. He would start off teaching about a common historical event that most people knew about, but then he would deep dive into details of a character who lived through those events. However, he would craft the story about the character without using the character’s full name and without revealing the character’s identity. Then, finally at the end of his monologue, Mr. Harvey would reveal the famous character’s name. We had all heard of the famous person, but little did we know about the interesting details of that person’s life until they were revealed by Paul Harvey. I really enjoy that radio program. And so must have been the case with Apollos. His knowledge about Jesus was incomplete. He knew a little bit about The Lord through John the baptist’s ministry, but Aquila and Priscilla observed Apollos’ lack of knowledge when he spoke at the synagogue. They pulled him aside, and they told him the rest of Jesus’ story.
Have you ever met people that don’t know the whole story? Since I have been teaching the Bible to teenagers at the Family Court’s residential center, I find this situation a lot. Some teenagers have a few pieces of the Gospel Story, but they are also missing large gaps in their knowledge. Other teenagers have a fairly good grasp of Jesus’ story, but they don’t understand how it applies to them directly. I feel blessed to have such a great opportunity to help fill in some of their gaps regarding Jesus.
If you are a Christian with a good amount of knowledge and experience, such as Aquila and Pricilla, then will you please take the extra step to teach others the “rest of the story” about The Lord. They will be eternally grateful, literally.
Are we teachable?
Are we not all lacking in our knowledge of God in some way? I have already mentioned that we need to dedicate time to the scriptures. However, are we also spending time under the teaching of others? Are we attending church to learn more? Are we reading the works of other Christian writers? I have been very blessed by Christian books and by many of the blogs which I follow here at WordPress.
Charles Spurgeon said, He who doesn’t learn from the brains of others, proves he has no brains of his own.
The gospel cycle continues… Apollos had a great amount of knowledge when he was speaking to others, then he listened to Aquila and Priscilla and his knowledge became more complete, and then he went to Achaia to greatly help those who believed through grace. Doesn’t Apollos’ story exemplify what Paul charged to Timothy…..
2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
God bless, Bob @smallgroupbible
Enjoy listening to Paul Harvey’s three minute episode about John The Church Organist at the below link.
The episode is about half way down the list