Are you bold with the scriptures like Apollos? What is a religious spirit?
Ministry of Apollos
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.
Some points to ponder:
- A woman helped explain the truth to Apollos, who was a man. Why do some churches and pastors today forbid women to speak the truth, ever? Is this Biblical?
- How can we get boldness and zeal about the truth of God if we don’t have it?
- Is boldness, vigor and zeal with regard to the Scriptures (doctrine from the Bible) from the Holy Spirit or is it from a “religious spirit” as some false teachers today teach? Did Apollos have the Holy Spirit or a religious spirit? Did the Jews have the religious spirit?