Acts  ◦   Chapter 18

1After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.2At Corinth he met Aquila, a Jew who was from Pontus, but had left Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul visited them,3and when he discovered that they were tentmakers, just as he was, he stayed and worked with them.4But every Sabbath he went to the synagogue and reasoned with Jews and Greeks, trying to persuade them to take the Remedy.

5Once Timothy and Silas arrived from Macedonia, Paul used all his time to preach and teach, trying to persuade the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.6But when the Jews rejected the truth and began misrepresenting Paul and speaking evil of Jesus, he demonstrated his heartbreaking indignation by shaking the dust off his clothing, and said, "Your deaths are your own fault! I have fulfilled my duty by bringing you the Remedy to your terminal condition. From now on I will take the Remedy to the Gentiles."

7Paul turned around and left the synagogue, and to demonstrate that he meant what he said, went straight to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next to the synagogue.8Crispus, the chief administrator of the synagogue, along with his entire household, partook of the Remedy and trusted in Jesus; and many others in Corinth who heard Paul also partook of the Remedy, trusted in Jesus, and demonstrated the beginning of a new life of love by being immersed in water.

9The Lord came to Paul in a vision one night and said to him: "Don't be afraid to share the Remedy; keep on speaking, preaching, teaching and–don't quit.10I am with you, and nobody is going to physically assault you or injure you; for I have many people in this city who trust me and have partaken of the Remedy."11So Paul stayed for eighteen months and spread the truth about God and the Remedy of Jesus.

12During Gallio's rule as proconsul of Achaia, the Jews banded together to oppose Paul and brought him into the Roman court.13They alleged, "This man is teaching a religion that is not approved by the laws of Rome."

14Paul was about to speak when Gallio said to the Jews, "If your complaint was about a crime or injustice, then this court would hear your arguments,15but since your concern is a matter of interpreting Scripture–you must settle this matter yourselves. I will not judge such issues."16So he dismissed their case and had them thrown out of the court.17Then the crowd attacked Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him severely in front of the court, but Gallio didn't show the least concern.

18Paul remained in Corinth for a while, then left the Lord's team members and sailed for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. Before sailing, he cut his hair at Cenchrea, in accordance with a vow he had taken.19Upon arriving in Ephesus, Paul left Priscilla and Aquila and went to the synagogue to engage the Jews in a reasonable examination of the evidence about Jesus.20When they invited him to stay longer, he declined.21But as he was leaving, he promised, "If it is God's will, I will come back." Then he sailed from Ephesus.22Upon arriving at Caesarea, he greeted the members of the Lord's spiritual health-care team, and then went on to Antioch.

23After staying awhile in Antioch, Paul traveled throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, teaching the Lord's interns.

24A Jew named Apollos, who was born in Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a powerful speaker with an incredible knowledge of the Scriptures.25He had studied the truth of God's design, methods and principles, and presented with incredible effectiveness the truth about the Remedy of Jesus, even though he had only experienced John’s immersion in water.26He spoke powerfully in the synagogue. Priscilla and Aquila heard him, and then invited him to their home, where they explained to him God's healing plan in greater detail.

27Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, and the Lord's team members thought that it was a great idea, so they wrote to the interns there asking them to welcome him. Once there, he was a great help to those who had partaken of the Remedy and trusted Jesus,28for he consistently defeated the Jews in public debates, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah–the Savior of the world.