Paul at Corinth (18:1-17). Going next to Corinth, Paul found a Jew named Aquila and his wife, Priscilla, who were, like Paul, tentmakers by trade. He worked with them while addressing both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue every Sabbath, attempting to persuade them that Jesus is the Christ. After opposition from the Jews, he again turned to the Gentiles (compare 13:46), and many of the Corinthians believed and were baptized.
Paul Returns to Antioch in Syria (18:18-23). Accompanied by Aquila and Priscilla, Paul sailed away to Syria. When they reached Ephesus, Paul left Priscilla and Aquila behind there. He set sail from Ephesus, finally arrived in Jerusalem, and then went down to Antioch. After some time there, he embarked on his next missionary journey.
Apollos Begins His Ministry (18:24-28). Now a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker, well-versed in the scriptures, spoke with great enthusiasm and taught accurately the facts about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately, upon which he went to Achaia and boldly proclaimed that the Christ is Jesus.
Practical Lessons: (1) Victories are not without opposition. (2) “If God wills” should be the believer’s constant disposition. (3) An accurate knowledge of God’s way and courage to proclaim it is a formidable combination.