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Saint Apollos (Απολλως; contracted from Apollonius) was a 1st century Alexandrian Jewish Christian mentioned several times in the New Testament. After the Christian couple Priscilla and Aquila corrected his incomplete Christian doctrine, his special gifts in preaching Jesus persuasively made him an important person in the congregation at Corinth, Greece after Paul's first visit there.[1 Cor. 3:6] He was with Paul at a later date in Ephesus.[16:12]


Helper to Paul of Tarsus

Paul considered Apollos to be a valuable helper in carrying on his work in the important Corinthian congregation.[1 Cor 3:6] [4:6] [16:12] In harmony with Paul's notices are the statements in Acts that Apollos was a highly educated Alexandrian Jew, who "spoke and taught accurately enough about Jesus, even though he knew only the baptism of John." [Acts 18:24-28] He came to Ephesus (probably in the year 54). After Christians in Ephesus first wrote to their counterparts recommending Apollos to them, he went to Achaia.[1]

Christian doctrines

It is difficult to get a correct idea of his religious standpoint, although it probably was that of the disciples of John the Baptist that Paul encountered in Ephesus.[Ac. 19:1-7] These twelve had never heard of the Holy Spirit[Ac. 19:2] which had been poured out on the believers in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.[Ac. 2:4] This was the baptism of the Holy Spirit that Jesus said would follow the water baptism of John.[Ac. 1:5] Priscilla and Aquila, who accompanied Paul to Ephesus, correctively instructed the eloquent and brilliant Apollos. He knew and preached boldly to the crowds only the baptism of John and nothing of salvation through Christ. "When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately."[Acts 18:26]

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