Commentaries for Acts Chapter 18 Paul at Corinth, with Aquila and Priscilla. It is left to be understood, as on his arrival from his first missionary tour, that "when he was come, and had gathered the church together, he rehearsed all that God had done with him" ( Acts 14:27 ) on this his second missionary journey. 10. PAUL'S ARRIVAL AND LABORS AT CORINTH, WHERE HE IS REJOINED BY SILAS AND TIMOTHY, AND, UNDER DIVINE ENCOURAGEMENT, MAKES A LONG STAY--AT LENGTH, RETRACING HIS STEPS, BY EPHESUS, CÆSAREA, AND JERUSALEM, HE RETURNS FOR THE LAST TIME TO ANTIOCH, THUS COMPLETING HIS SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY. They went with him from Corinth to Ephesus, and Paul left them there while he continued eastward to Caesarea, Jerusalem, and Antioch (Acts 18:18-22). But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. “What is mentioned here is ‘fervor,’ and this means not merely skill on his part but conviction based on something deeply embedded in his heart.” (Boice). It spread to the world beyond *Jerusalem. This expression, when compared with Acts 18:25 , seems to imply a richer testimony than with his partial knowledge he was at first able to bear; and the power with which he bore down all opposition in argument is that which made him such an acquisition to the brethren. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. For he mightily convinced the Jews--The word is very strong: "stoutly bore them down in argument," "vigorously argued them down," and the tense in that he continued to do it, or that this was the characteristic of his ministry. Though some Corinthians fixated on Apollos in a divisive spirit (1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:4), there is no reason to believe that Apollos himself encouraged this. What that pressure was we happen to know, with singular minuteness and vividness of description, from the apostle himself, in his first Epistles to the Corinthians and Thessalonians ( 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 , 1 Thessalonians 3:1-10 ). A Sosthenes is mentioned in 1 Cor. Acts /. And when he had landed at Cæsarea--where he left the vessel. At length Silas and Timotheus arrived with exhilarating tidings of the faith and love of his Thessalonian children, and of their earnest longing again to see their father in Christ; bringing with them also, in token of their love and duty, a pecuniary contribution for the supply of his wants. A proconsul was a governor of a senatorial province in the Roman Empire. They took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately: Aquila and Priscilla did something valuable for God’s kingdom. Timotheus and Erastus, Gaius and Aristarchus, appear to have accompanied him on this journey ( Acts 19:22 Acts 19:29 , 2 Corinthians 1:1 ), and from Second Corinthians we may presume, Titus also. had a vow--That it was the Nazarite vow ( Numbers 6:1-27 ) is not likely. But the desire of the Jews to whom Paul preached to retain him among them for some time ( Acts 18:20 ), and his promise to return to them ( Acts 18:21 ), seem to indicate some drawing towards the Gospel, which, no doubt, the zealous private labors of Priscilla and Aquila would ripen into discipleship. . to pass into Achaia--of which Corinth, on the opposite coast which he now more fully comprehended. . When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. . And after he had spent some time there--but probably not long. wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him--a beautiful specimen of "letters of recommendation" (as Acts 15:23 Acts 15:25-27 , and see 2 Corinthians 3:1 ); by which, as well as by interchange of deputations, &c., the early churches maintained active Christian fellowship with each other. eloquent--turning his Alexandrian culture to high account. 20. when they desired him to tarry--The Jews seldom rose against the Gospel till the successful preaching of it stirred them up, and there was no time for that here. being fervent in the spirit--His heart warm, and conscious, probably, of his gifts and attainments, he burned to impart to others the truth he had himself received. Coffman's Commentaries on the BibleActs 18. 1. born at Alexandria--the celebrated city of Egypt on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean, called after its founder, Alexander the Great. To both these he makes frequent reference in his Epistles. When Apollos went to the region of Achaia, it probably means he went to the city of Corinth in the region of Achaia. Acts 18:1-22 . c. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: Apollos didn’t know much about Jesus, but what he did know was taught accurately – and with bold passion. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Acts 17) and that we will see in Ephesus (cf. Apollos spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord. The details of this visit, as of the former ( Acts 16:6 ), are not given. . . Acts 18:24-28 . His brother eulogizes his loving and lovable manners. . Our text is Acts 18:1-17, which covers Paul’s first visit to the city of Corinth. . Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house--an event felt to be so important that the apostle deviated from his usual practice ( 1 Corinthians 1:14-16 ) and baptized him, as well as Caius (Gaius) and the household of Stephanas, with his own hand [HOWSON]. . knowing only the baptism of John--He was instructed, probably, by some disciple of the Baptist, in the whole circle of John's teaching concerning Jesus, but no more: he had yet to learn the new light which the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost had thrown upon the Redeemer's death and resurrection; as appears from Acts 19:2 Acts 19:3 . We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 17. all the Greeks--the Gentile spectators. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. and beat him before the judgment-seat--under the very eye of the judge. yet a good while--During his long residence at Corinth, Paul planted other churches in Achaia ( 2 Corinthians 1:1 ). Click on the different category headings to find out more. Though he had not the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, as the apostles, he made use of the gifts he had. Apollos went to Corinth to water what Paul had planted. Acts 19:1-10). b. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. as sold in the markets of the Levant, called cilicium. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. . with him Priscilla and Aquila--In this order the names also occur in Acts 18:26 (according to the true reading); compare Romans 16:3 , 2 Timothy 4:19 , which seem to imply that the wife was the more prominent and helpful to the Church. Then spake the Lord to Paul . Though Paul was entitled to support from the churches he planted, and from the people to whom he preached, yet he worked at his calling... View the entire commentary. Chapter 18. Whether this couple were converted before Paul made their acquaintance, commentators are much divided. 26. speak boldly in the synagogue, whom when Aquila and Priscilla heard--joying to observe the extent of Scripture knowledge and evangelical truth which he displayed, and the fervency, courage, and eloquence with which he preached the truth. This is an indirect declaration of the deity of Jesus, because someone can only really blaspheme God. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Acts 19. Proud member b. . 5, 6. 4. the Greeks--that is, Gentile proselytes; for to the heathen, as usual, he only turned when rejected by the Jews ( Acts 18:6 ). Jew named Apollos--a contraction from Apollonius. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Galatia and Phrygia in order--visiting the several churches in succession. . 1-4. came to Corinth--rebuilt by Julius Cæsar on the isthmus between the Ægean and Ionian Seas; the capital of the Roman province of Achaia, and the residence of the proconsul; a large and populous mercantile city, and the center of commerce alike for East and West; having a considerable Jewish population, larger, probably, at this time than usual, owing to the banishment of the Jews from Rome by Claudius Cæsar ( Acts 18:2 ). 21. Acts 18:1-22 . Thus his ministry would be as good as another visitation to the Achaian churches by the apostle himself (see 1 Corinthians 3:6 ) and the more as, in so far as he was indebted for it to Priscilla and Aquila, it would have a decidedly Pauline cast. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Such a city was a noble field for the Gospel, which, once established there, would naturally diffuse itself far and wide. He is reassured, however, from above. . and mighty in the scriptures--his eloquence enabling him to express clearly and enforce skilfully what, as a Jew, he had gathered from a diligent study of the Old Testament Scriptures.

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