“for he [Apollos] vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 18:28
Apollos was from Alexandria which was a hub for education in that time. The famous Library at Alexandria was there, in addition to one of the largest Jewish populations outside of Israel. It is where the Septuagint, the Old Testament translation from Hebrew into Greek was done in the early 3rd century BC. Apparently Apollos was no slouch. Somehow he had come to know the teachings of John the Baptist concerning the Christ (Messiah). Aquilla and Pricilla, two experienced believers, heard Apollos teach, took him aside for a bit, and supplemented his teaching with Jesus, who was the point of John’s teaching. The point that Apollos was trying to get across to people was that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ, the one promised by God from ancient times.
What is it that I should want people to believe when I share Jesus with them? It should be that Jesus is the Messiah. It should not be anything like “Follow Jesus and that will make life all better,” or “Follow Jesus because I can prove Him to you.” It should be the point of the role that Jesus has which is The Messiah, the anointed on, the savior. The fact that He is the savior means that I need saving. This concept is contrary to our culture to say the least. Yet, it is the point. It is the message that produces real fruit for God’s kingdom and real change in the live of those who embrace it. I need to pray for the Lord to be working this recognition into people’s lives and that I will be ready to boldly but gently share their need and their solution with them.
Lord, there is a whole world of people who need saving. I have access to a relatively small number of them. Help me to pray for them, for your Spirit to work in their hearts their need for you. Help me to not be afraid to share your truth with them and to see them changes in you. Amen.
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