THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS

Scripture Reading:  Acts 18:24-28

“He (Apollos) had been instructed in the way of the Lord.  And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Pricilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.”  (Acts 18:25,26)

Pricilla and Aquila were working people.  They were tent makers who were not from the upper class.  They were not well educated.  When Paul came to Corinth, they opened their home to him and worked with him.  They evidently learned a great deal about the Bible from Paul.

When Pricilla and Aquila arrived in Ephesus, they established themselves in a house where they conducted their business and where the church at Ephesus met (I Corinthians 16:19).  While in Ephesus, the couple met a well educated man who was a native of Alexandria whose name was Apollos.  “He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.  He had been instructed in the way of the Lord.  And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John (vs. 24b,25).

Pricilla and Aquila heard Apollos speaking boldly in the synagogue.  They were impressed, but they noticed some deficiencies in his message.  They took Apollos aside and explained the way of God more accurately to him (v. 26).  Apollos received their instruction and became one of the great leaders in the early church.

Pricilla and Aquila personify the great doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.  They were not well educated nor professionally trained for ministry.  They were hard working lay people who studied the Scriptures and who were engaged in ministry.  They opened their home to an itinerate missionary and ministered to him.  They lovingly corrected an eloquent young man who learned the Word of God more accurately from them.  Paul saw them as fellow-workers in the gospel.  They were examples of lay people who are willing to engage actively and passionately in ministry.

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the Pricilla’s and Aquila’s who have come alongside me in ministry over the years.  You have provided me with many fellow-workers in the gospel who have faithfully served You and Your church.  I pray that You raise up more Pricilla’s and Aquila’s who open their hearts and homes to ministry.

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