Acts 18

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

2 And 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. 

"Aquila" = Eagle and "Priscilla" = ancient.

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

Paul never took offerings for himself, he paid his own way. He was a tent maker just as Aquila and Priscilla.

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

Paul taught in the synagogue every sabbath to both the Jews and the Greeks about Christ Jesus and their way out of the traps of death = satan.

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

Jesus, Yahshua = YHVH'S Savior, Christ = The Anointed One

6 And 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.

Paul is done trying to reach these kenites. He was going to put his focus of the Gentles from here on out. We are each held accountable for ourselves. Laziness won't be an excuse when we are in front of The Judgement Seat. You had better pick up The Truth and get busy.

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

Justus Titus lives right next door to this synagogue.

8 And 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. 

Paul isn't wasting time here! The church of Corinth is growing in The Lord.

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

This was because Paul had seen the attacks from the kenites and those that hate The Truth. He told Paul to continue preaching and not to have any fear.

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

Gods in control and His will be done no matter who is trying to get in the way. A REAL Christian is full of FAITH and has no room for fear.

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

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

This judgment seat hands out civil law, not religious laws. These kenites make it up as they go along. Should remind you of the systems of today.

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

These kenites are twisting the law.

14 And 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: 

Gallio is ready to hear from everyone. But he really doesn't want to get involved. Gallio believes it's a matter of their traditions and customs.

15 But 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. 

Gallio doesn't want anything to do with it.

16 And he drave them from the judgment seat. 

Gallio kicked them out.

17 Then 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. 

These kenites couldn't get Paul so they took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue in Corinth to Gallio and they beat him. Gallio still didn't care as it was between them.

18 And 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. 

Paul took the vow of a Nazarite and has his head shaved. As in Acts 21:24 "shorn" = "Keiro" to Shear and "xurao" to "shave". The vow of a Nazarite - Numbers 6:18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offering.

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

Paul is there trying to reason with those that are within the synagogue in Judah.

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

When they're done listening, they are done!

21 But 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. 

This is the feast of Pentecost. This feast celebration is in remembrance of the beginning of the church and was ten days after Christ had ascended into heaven. On that day of Pentecost, 120 were filled with The Holy Spirit, speaking that cloven tongue were everyone heard what was being said from the dialect = language they were born from.

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

He is still teaching as he goes.

23 And 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. 

Paul is seeing to it, all he had taught of Christ at the beginning of his journey was still being taught and to show his support to the other disciples.

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

25 This 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. 

He was well learned in The Book of Genesis- Malachi and knew of Johns baptism, but not the baptism of Christ and of the Holy Spirit. Same as today, The Word gets watered down and things tossed out.

26 And 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. 

Priscilla and Aquila filled Apollos in on all he had not known of Christ.

27 And 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: 

Apollos is one of same mind and able to teach The Scriptures as the rest of the disciples.

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

Apollos is a go getter! He with The Spirit of God made The Scriptures to come to life, leading people to Christ Jesus and The Truth.