An Eloquent Man and Mighty in the Scriptures

J. D. Conley
March 31, 2013

The beloved physician records in Acts 18:24, "And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus" (emp. mine). The quality of this man that I so much admire was his knowledge of Scripture. Yet Luke also tells us Apollos was "an eloquent man." Some men know the Bible but are not eloquent, while others are eloquent, but not knowledgeable. But Apollos had both qualities. One was in-bom the other learned.

This past week a man much like Apollos came to Harmar Hill. Brother Jody Apple presented for our "edification, exhortation and comfort" (1 Cor. 14:3), seven textual lessons from the books of 1&2 Thessalonians. He drew each lesson from a wealth of knowledge which has been carefully cultivated through thirty-six years of preaching and concentrated study. Like Apollos, our brother presented these lessons in a very eloquent way. Eloquence coupled with a knowledge of God's Word is an effective combination. As I sat watching and listening I was reminded how very powerful the preaching of the Gospel still is. Such passages as Rom. 1:16 still hold true, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth..."

We were so very blessed this past week to sit at the feet of "an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures." Thanks to men like brother Apple, we have been reminded that there is still power in the simple preaching of the gospel of Christ. May God grant him many more years of service in the kingdom and may we do all within our power to spread the gospel to the lost and dying around us.