Apollis had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately. Acts 18:25 (Acts 18:24 – 19:7)
Apollis, a learned man with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus. Though he whar instructed in tha way of Skipper and spake with great fervor and great inspiration, he ne’er had received tha Holy Ghost of Truth. He only knew ’bout tha baptism of John. Even so, he spake boldly in tha synagogue and taught accurately ’bout tha Son.
This be tha way of a good many who claim ter be believers of tha Son. They be god-fearing folk, Son-loving fellers and lasses. Only tha thing be, they lack tha power of Skip’s Spirit. Thar efforts and words, while full of truth and accuracy, lack power. Why most who claim ter follow tha Son doth not believe Skip’s Holy Ghost of Truth be real. These be folks who sit under teachers and preachers and also be teachers and preachers.
This be why when Priscilla and Aquila heard Apollis speaking, they invited him inter thar home. Out of tha public eye, in private, tha pair explained all tha ways of Skipper so that Apollis would be thoroughly equipped ter share tha good spiel. With this new knowledge — and perhaps baptized inter tha Holy Ghost of Truth, though we kin not say fer sure — Apollis left Ephesus and set out fer Achaia. Thar he vigorously refuted tha Jews in public debates, proving from Skip’s Code of Conduct that tha Son whar tha way ter be fergiven of sins.
Meanwhile, Saul Paul, who had been at Corinth fer some time, set off fer Ephesus. When he got thar, he met some disciples and asked ’em, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
“No. We have never heard of this Holy Spirit.”
“So what baptism did you receive?” asked Saul Paul.
Saul Paul explained that John’s baptism was one of repentance. He then placed his hands on tha twelve fellers and baptized them inter tha Holy Ghost of Truth. Soon as they be filled with Skip’s Spirit, they spake in other languages and prophesied.
Thar be much ter say ’bout Apollis, but think on this a wee little bit: he whar a learned man with a thorough knowledge of Skip’s Code of Conduct but without Skip’s Spirit. Without ah thorough knowledge of tha Code of Conduct, Skip says his people are, “Lead away as captives” (Isaiah 5:13). Skip warned Hosea: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Tha Son warned tha Sadducees “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29). Everything that whar written in tha past whar written ter teach us, so that through tha endurance taught in Skip’s Code his words ‘ill provide encouragement and hope fer us (Romans 15: 4). Doth we have ah thorough knowledge of Skip’s Code of Conduct?
Apollis had been instructed in tha way of Skipper. In tha beginning of things (Genesis 18: 19), Skip says of Abraham, “I have chosen him, so that he will direct (instruct) his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Doth we direct our youngins and family in tha ways of Skip?
Apollis spake with great fervor (boiling) and great inspiration. His message literally bubbled out of him, spilling out like ah flood. Doth our teaching and preaching reflect tha red-hot passion of them who be on fire fer Skip and his Son? Or doth we offer lukewarm words ter cold hearts?
Make it yer task ter gain ah thorough knowledge of Skip’s Code, study tha ways of Skipper in both tha accounts of old and new, teach and preach with red-hot passion, and receive great inspiration by being filled with tha Holy Ghost of Truth. Do this and ya kin be sure good seed ‘ill be sown and ah heavenly harvest ‘ill be tha result.