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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Acts Chapter 18 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (63-70 AD)
Overview: Paul's Ministry (c 13-28)
Theme: Paul's Second Missionary Journey (c 16-18)
Message: The Governor Releases Paul (v 1-40)

Acts 18 Commentary

(18:1-17) Paul Meets Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth - The spread of the gospel requires a team effort by individuals with different gifts. In Corinth, Paul met Priscilla and Aquila, a married couple (and fellow tentmakers) who proved to be faithful partners in the gospel (see Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19). Paul’s ministry in this decadent city was long and fruitful (18:11). Not even a concerted effort by the Jews could stop him from teaching the word.

(18:18-23) Paul Returns to Antioch of Syria - Leaving Corinth, Paul set sail for Syria with Priscilla and Aquila. He made a brief stop in Ephesus, leaving his faithful colleagues there, and hoping to return later. From there he continued in a southeastward direction to Caesarea, where he visited the church at Jerusalem to report on his activity. Then he traveled north to Antioch. This marked the end of Paul’s second missionary journey.

(18:24-28) Apollos Instructed at Ephesus - Left in Ephesus by Paul, Priscilla and Aquila met a gifted speaker named Apollos, who had great passion for Christ but an incomplete knowledge of the gospel. Equipping him with a more accurate message, they sent him on to Achaia, where he was used powerfully by God. This small investment in one life by the faithful Priscilla and Aquila resulted in enormous eternal dividends!

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Reach Your Neighbors with the Gospel

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Acts Chapter 18. In our text today we see the governor release Paul at Corinth and we see the husband and wife team of Aquila and Priscilla. Here these two worked together serving the Lord using their home to lead others to the Lord. In making application we see a pattern for evangelism as husband and wives work as one using the home to reach others for the Lord. Today we have many that live around us that we can invest time and attention toward their lives and reach the world with the Gospel starting with our homes. How about you? Do you reach your neighbors with the Gospel? Let us learn from our text today and the lives of Priscilla and Aquila who worked together to reach their neighbors with the Gospel.


Acts 18 

Acts 18

 1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;

 2And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.

 3And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

 4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

 5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

 6And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

 7And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.

 8And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

 9Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

 10For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

 11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

 12And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

 13Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

 14And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:

 15But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.

 16And he drave them from the judgment seat.

 17Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

 18And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

 19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

 20When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;

 21But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

 22And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

 23And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

 24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

 25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

 27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:

 28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.