Apollos and Alexandria:
During Priscilla and Aquila's ministry in Ephesus while Paul is in Syria, a Jewish man from Egypt named Apollos (short for Apollonius) comes and speaks in the synagogue. He is an incredibly capable speaker, but more importantly, he believes that Jesus is the Messiah. Oddly, however, he has not heard the full extent of Jesus’ teaching, and probably has not heard about Jesus’ resurrection, nor has he experienced the empowering of the Holy Spirit in his life.He most likely comes to Ephesus from Alexandria as a businessman, like many other Egyptians did at the time.
Hear this good news, this gospel: Are you in Christ (born again, a Christian, saved)? If you are You are dead to sin! That is the truth ... don't let Satan tell you otherwise.
Here he uses the metaphor of taking off old clothes and putting on new clothes ... as we put on the new self from above, we slip out of the old self. That is what is happening in your life and mine as born again believers ... we are with varying degrees of success, which depend entirely on our walking in the Spirit (the next teaching), with varying degrees of success we are putting off the old and putting on the new. Back to our baptism in water (but into Christ), when the old self rears its ugly head ... we say to ourselves: "Hang on a moment, that is the old me, the dead me, that is buried with Christ in His tomb, which is what the waters of baptism symbolised, being buried. That's the old me ... get back into the tomb, back into the grave where you belong!"
If we remembered the meaning of our baptism ... we would sin less and become more like Jesus into whom we are baptised. Satan has very successfully turned baptism into a meaningless ritual in the life of many churches, or even worse, into a "good work", something you must do. It is neither.
Back to Apollos: He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervour and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
The way of God is His invitation to immerse ourselves into His Son ... this might come as a surprise to you, but nowhere in Scripture are we told to invite Jesus into ourselves ... No! Jesus invites us into Himself, into His death, into His resurrection, into His life. In Him we live and move and have our being ... in Him!
Our baptism reminds us of that truth. Have you been baptised? If not, why not? Perhaps because you haven't yet been saved. If that is the case, before you leave this place, breathe an earnest prayer to God, saying, "God be merciful to me a sinner. Lord, I need to be saved. Save me. I call upon your name." Join with me in prayer right now, I beg you. Join with me while I put words into your mouth, and speak them on your behalf—"Lord, I am guilty. I deserve your rejection. Lord, I cannot save myself … I throw myself completely upon you and into, O Lord. I trust the blood and righteousness of Jesus; I trust your mercy, and your love, and your power, as they are revealed in Him. I take hold of this word of yours, that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Lord, save me tonight, for Jesus' sake. Amen."