Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 18:18-28
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 18:18-28. These verses describe the completion of Paul’s second missionary journey. There is also a brief account of Apollos’s gospel work.

Paul’s 2nd missionary journey ends, and the 3rd begins.

1 Paul Goes to Ephesus with Priscilla and Aquila

Verses 18-21

¶ "After the Jews’ case against Paul was dismissed by Gallio, Paul stayed many more days in Corinth. Then he took his leave of the brethren, setting out to sea bound for Syria. He was in the company of Priscilla and Aquila. He had his hair cut in Cenchrea, for he'd been keeping a vow. They came to Ephesus where Paul took leave of Priscilla and Aquila. Paul did go into the synagogue, and he reasoned with the Jews. However, when they asked him to stay longer with them, he declined and took his leave of them. He said, “I must do my best to keep this coming feast in Jerusalem. I will come back again to you, God willing.” So Paul set sail from Ephesus." (Acts 18:18-21).

2 Paul Visits Churches in Syria and Galatia

Verses 22-23

¶ "When Paul had landed at Caesarea, he went up to greet the church, and then went on down to Antioch. Having spent some time in Antioch, he departed again, going from one place to the next, through Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples." (Acts 18:22-23).

Paul’s Journeys

Traditionally, Paul is said to have made three missionary journeys, plus a fourth journey to Rome. In the Acts Facts series, I have retained this traditional manner of dividing up Paul’s several journeys recorded in the book of Acts. This enables you to more easily relate our studies with other studies, references, and maps, which most likely adhere to the same scheme.

The four journeys of Paul are...

The first two journeys start and end in Syrian Antioch. The third journey starts in Antioch and ends in Jerusalem. The fourth journey starts in Jerusalem and ends in Rome. You can read more about Paul's trips to Jerusalem.

3 Meanwhile in Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquila help Apollos

Verses 24-26

¶ "Now a certain Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, mighty in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. Fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus —with the exception that he knew only the baptism of John. Apollos began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside, and explained to him the way of God more accurately." (Acts 18:24-26).

Verses 27-28

¶ "Apollos desired to go over into Achaia. The brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he got there, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he powerfully refuted the Jews, publicly showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ." (Acts 18:27-28).