OBSERVATION: Everyone needs the Holy Spirit! The story of Apollos is a wonderful reminder that – “…it is not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord!” Apollos was a gifted and eloquent speaker. He was well versed in the Scriptures, and was able to proclaim them in a powerful way. However, when Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak, they knew something was missing? What was this something? It was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. All of the learning and eloquence in the world cannot replace the anointing of the Holy Spirit!
- “He had been instructed in the Lord’s way and spoke enthusiastically. He accurately taught about Jesus but knew only about the baptism John performed. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him ⌊home⌋ with them and explained God’s way to him more accurately.” (Acts 18:25-26 GW)
Although the text does not tell us what Priscilla and Aquila shared with him when they took Apollos home, we can deduce it from the context, and from the rest of the Book of Acts. The contrast between the “…baptism John performed”, and “…explained God’s way to him more accurately”, can only lead to one conclusion. Priscilla and Aquila shared with Apollos about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is much like what Paul did when he met the believers in Ephesus. He asked – “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They indicated they had only received John’s Baptism, so Paul explained God’s Word more thoroughly and they were baptized in Jesus name, and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not optional if we want to move in the power and anointing of the Lord. I am not simply speaking of a new dimension of power. It is also a new dimension of love and compassion. It is entering into a deeper and fuller partnership with the heart and purposes of God, and the release and manifestation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit! Priscilla and Aquila had witnessed this first hand. They saw the great potential in Apollos. They took the time to lead him to the spring of living water that will never run dry – the Holy Spirit!
In the 1800’s a dynamic preacher was being used mightily by the Lord. His name was Dwight Lyman Moody. He has become to be known as the father of the modern day Sunday School movement. D.L. Moody was preaching to great crowds. Many were coming to the Lord Jesus Christ as the result of his sermons. There were two older ladies who would attend his meetings. At the end of one meeting they approached Mr. Moody. They said – “We are praying for you!” He thought, “You should be praying for the lost!” Then they said something that went straight to his heart, and something he could not escape. “We are praying that you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!”
D.L. Moody could not get these words out of his heart. He agonized in prayer over them. He yearned for all that God had for him. He testified that he felt a “holy unction” come over him as he prayed one night. It was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! What happened next was amazing.
- In the past when D.L. Moody preached, hundreds came to the Lord. Now, when he preached, thousands began coming to the Lord.
His messages did not change. His delivery did not change. What changed? It was the anointing of the Holy Spirit, doing through D.L. Moody what his greatest efforts could never accomplish.
The same was true for Apollos. After he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, there was a new dimension of God’s anointing and kindness in his life!
- “When Apollos wanted to travel to Greece, the believers ⌊in Ephesus⌋ encouraged him. They wrote to the disciples in Greece to tell them to welcome him. When he arrived in Greece, God’s kindness enabled him to help the believers a great deal. In public Apollos helped them by clearly showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Jews were wrong.” (Acts 18:27-28 GW)
Lord, thank You for the wonderful promise and provision of the Holy Spirit! I pray that You would baptize me anew in the Holy Spirit this morning. May I learn to daily walk after the Spirit, hear the still small voice of the Spirit, and grow in the gifts and fruit of the Spirit. Holy Spirit, lead me and guide me into all truth, and open my eyes today to truly see Jesus!
In Jesus Name!