THE WISDOM OF APOLLOS

“About our friend Apollos, I’ve done my best to get him to pay you a visit, but haven’t talked him into it yet. He doesn’t think this is the right time. But there will be a ‘right time’”.

1 Cor 16:12 EHP

Wisdom is one of the signs and marks of maturity. It is often considered to come with old age. But many young people are also wise. And plenty of older ones aren’t!

Apollos is a person who floats into and out of the New testament pages. Maybe if he had written some of his messages we might have them. But we don’t. He was first mentioned in the Book of Acts where he visited Ephesus and gave teaching. He was well versed in the scriptures and an eloquent teacher. But in Corinth there formed a faction of the church that supported him against Paul although Paul does not condemn him. There were other divisions as well and Paul asked everyone to sink their differences for the sake of the unity of the church. “Apollos emerges from this passage (in 1 Corinthians 16) as a man of great wisdom. A group in Corinth was called the ‘Apollos party’. These people, quite with- out the sanction of Apollos, had attached themselves to his name. Apollos knew that, and, no doubt, he wished to stay away from Corinth, lest, if he came, that party would try to annex him. Apollos was wise enough to know that, when a church is torn with party politics, there is a time when it is wiser, and more far-sighted to stay away” (W. Barclay, The Letters to the Corinthians, p 184).

If you have the gift of wisdom, use it for the glory of God and the building up of the body.

PRAYER THOUGHT
Lord, help those blessed with wisdom, to guide us all.