ARE YOU Committed to the Bonds of Fellowship?
In the first century, Claudius the Emperor did not allow Judeans to live in Rome.
The Apostle Paul went to minister in Corinth. The record of his ministry there is in Acts 18. The Apostle Paul spoke the light of the Faith teaching God had raised Jesus from the dead.
The Apostle Paul taught the people there in Corinth and some believed on Jesus our Lord. Those whom did not believe threatened the life of the Apostle Paul.
The Apostle Paul was instructed by Jesus our Lord via the gift of holy spirit to not be afraid. Jesus our Lord wanted him to keep on teaching. Acts18:9
We are to do the same in the midst of adversity. Some will believe the truth that God raised Jesus from the dead and Confess Jesus is Lord, meaning Lord of the Cosmos.
We are not to be afraid. Jesus our Lord is our protection just like he was for the Apostle Paul. Acts 18:10
Acts 18:11 informs us the Apostle Paul stayed in Corinth teaching the Word of God among the people for a year and a half. The Apostle Paul lived in the home of Aquila and Priscilla. In those days, people gathered for fellowship in a home.
Now we have a record of Aquila and Priscilla in Ephesus. They were instructed by the Apostle Paul about baptism by Jesus our Lord with holy spirit. A man whom was educated in Alexandria came to Ephesus to teach the Gospel of Jesus. We are informed he was a Judean named Apollos. He had a lot of heart and was knowledgeable of the Scriptures, most likely the Old Testament. Apollos was a great orator and we are told he taught diligently the things of Jesus our Lord. However, he only knew of water baptism by John the Baptist.
We are told Aquila and Priscilla invited Apollos to their home. Apollos was a great teacher, educated at the university in Alexandria and was committed to serve Jesus our Lord. Apollos only knew of water baptism and Aquila and Priscilla instructed him about the ONE Baptism of holy spirit administered by Jesus our Lord.
Aquila and Priscilla had been instructed by the Apostle Paul. They did not waver to tell the light of spiritual birth of holy spirit to Apollos. In our day and time we still meet people who only know of water baptism. They have not been instructed Jesus our Lord has replaced water baptism with his baptism of holy spirit to us when we first believe God has raised Jesus from the dead and Confess Jesus is Lord, meaning Lord of the Cosmos.
A lot of fellowships in the Church of His Body, Jesus our Lord are still in the 16th Century and under the darkness and oppression of Dark Angel.
We are told Apollos was humble and received their instruction about the baptism of holy spirit since the day of Pentecost.
We are to be like Apollos. We are to walk in the light of the truth and integrity of God and Jesus whom has given us the written word and the gift of spiritual birth of holy spirit. We are to stand firm without wavering despite whom believes and who doesn't believe. We are to be faithful when people give us adversity.
Have YOU made a commitment to the Bonds of Fellowship to stand firm on the light of the Faith without wavering? This is my prayer for YOU.
Yours in the Bonds of Fellowship
James R Cathey
Ordained Minister of Jesus our Lord since 1975