Acts 18

Day 18, Acts 18.

This starts out with a couple, a Jew named Aquila and his wife Priscilla, met and lived with and worked with Paul in Corinth.  I have to think that would be so cool. But more importantly, that is when they would have come to a great understanding of the Gospel and the Christian life.

When Paul’s team arrived in Corinth, he devoted himself to testifying about Christ to the Jews. They rejected the truth and blasphemed. At which point, Paul said,  “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

He led Jews and Gentiles to the Lord, many of the Corinthians believed when they heard and were baptized. God had Paul stay there another 18 months to teach the word of God:

 9 And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; 10 for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

At some point, the Jews rose up and tried to get Paul in trouble with the Romans, taking him before Gallius the Procounsel. This would have been sometime around 51AD. But before Paul could open his mouth to defend himself, the procounsel threw out the case, saying it was an internal matter of the Jewish religion.

In response, the synagogue leader named Sosthenes was beaten. Its not clear whether this was a leader of a different synagogue or the same one where Crispus had been leader, but probably the latter. When this trail was over, Paul deaded to Syria, and with him were Priscilla and Aquila. He went to Ephesus and reasoned the Jews there. Then he went on through Caesarea and on to Antioch, which seems to have been Paul’s base of operations/

After spending some time in Antioch, Paul went through the Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. We must remember that part of our reason for preaching and teaching is to evangelize. But part of it is to strengthen those who trust in Christ.

This chapter ends with an example of how a married couple, Priscilla and Aquila, took Apollos aside to teach him more accurately. He was already mighty in the scripture and was fervent in spirit, and was accurately teaching the things concerning Jesus. Afterwards, he wanted to go to Achaia, where he ended up being a great help to the believers.

We must be careful to not put a man under the spiritual authority of a woman teacher, nor to allow a woman to teach a man.

1 Timothy 2:12

But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.

And when a woman is teaching and her husband approves but does none of the teaching or is not ensuring she is teaching correctly, or is not even present for the teaching, then the woman is teaching the man and is in spiritual authority over the student without her husband’s direct knowledge and authority. When a woman is helping write sermons  to the point where she is correcting him or he is changing what he teaches because of her, she is in spiritual authority over the man. When a woman is teaching a class of men and women, she doing something scripture says not to do. These are situations which contradict scripture. Any church which allows these sort of situations to occur is a church which is not following scripture and a danger to Christians – what other areas are they wrong about?

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