“This man was instructed in the way of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John, but being fervent in spirit, he accurately spoke and taught the things concerning the Lord. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him and explained the way of God more accurately.” Acts 18:25-26
Apollos was a preacher who spoke fervent in spirit. Being touched and filled with the Spirit of God is not only a great privilege, but a necessity. Someone said that being baptized in the Holy Spirit is a necessary luxury. Belief in Jesus and the gospel is not a philosophy, it goes deeper than the mind, it goes into the heart. Apollos was fervent in spirit, but he needed more revelation about the new covenant.
God used Aquila and Priscilla to explain God’s way more thoroughly to Apollos. We need both the Holy Spirit and revelation from God’s word. Being fervent and inspiring is important, but not enough. Sometimes the structure of a sermon or a preacher’s personality can also contribute to inspiration. But when the inspiration subsides, the revelation lasts. We are called to convey both inspiration and revelation.
Revelation of the gospel is important today. Both believers and non-believers need to have their eyes opened to this wonderful and powerful message. Among the believers, it should be revealed already, but over time, so much else has come into the church and hidden Jesus and the gospel. Much of a mixture of law and grace has crept in. That we must read the Bible, pray, witness, live holy and fast, for God to bless us. You start at the wrong end through such preaching. Everything we do and it’s a lot, we do it precisely because we do not have to do anything. Jesus has done everything for us. When you see it, you want to do a lot, based on joy, faith, gratitude and love. It comes as a fruit, not as an achievement.
Jesus is our hero. That revelation touches both hearts and minds to the glorification of God. The church and this world need fervent believers with revelation.
God bless you.
/ David Billström