At the time, I felt that this meant being particularly knowledgeable about the content of the Bible. I was engaging in lots of different Bible studies and seeing new truths that I hadn't seen before in the old, familiar text. It was very exciting and I wanted to continue growing in personal knowledge of the Word. This kind of enthusiasm is fresh and exciting. It has been a gift from God, for which I am ever thankful.
At the same time, the devil is always on the prowl to turn good things sour. He wished to do the same with this dream by turning my curious hunger for truth into an excuse to become prideful. I could easily begin to feel better than others because of my effort in Bible study and my new-found knowledge of the Bible. If I merely wanted to study the Bible to please my own curiosity and ambition, I could allow my effort and knowledge to go to my head and puff up my selfish pride. I don't want to be knowledgeable in the Scriptures so I can find passages that give me excuses or make me feel better and higher than others. I want to be mighty in God's Bible for another reason.
Do you all remember how God used the books of Solomon to draw me back to Himself after being so caught up in the emptiness of Ecclesiastes in this life? God's doing the same thing now with my friend and brother Apollos! Praise God for being able to save me completely.
"Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ."
Apollos was mighty in the Scriptures. This wasn't because he knew them well and quoted them at random. It was because he knew them well and could explain the meaning of them. Apollos was mighty in the Scriptures because he had a clear understanding of Jesus in the Bible.
I want to have this type of strength in the Scriptures - speaking the words of God in grace with wisdom, accuracy, and power. This power does not come from my own skill or energy. It is the power of the name of Jesus, of whom I speak and in whose name I pray. I want to be mighty in His might and wise in His wisdom for His glory and not my own prideful gain.
1 Peter 3:15-16
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed."
I want to be a living witness of the living Word, full of grace and seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6) so the Lord's name will be praised!