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Metaphysical meaning of Apollos (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Apollos (mbd)
Apollos, a-pol'-los (Gk.)--belonging to Apollo; destroyer; the sun, i. e., as laying waste. (See APOLLONIA. This name should not be confused with Apollyon. See ABADDON.)

A very learned man, a Jew of Alexandria (Acts 18:24-28); he first taught the John the Baptist doctrine, but later was instructed in "the way of God more accurately" by Priscilla and Aquila, at Ephesus.

Meta. While one has but an intellectual concept of Truth (the John the Baptist doctrine) one is very likely to be hard and destructive in judgments (destroyer, laying waste), because of a zeal to get rid of error; but when the Christ understanding enters the consciousness, love predominates. Then a true purifying and uplifting takes place.

In I Corinthians 3:6 Paul says: "I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." Paul symbolizes the converted will sowing the word of Truth (seed) in all parts of the body. Apollos, who waters the growing Truth in consciousness, stands for the sun, as light, understanding--a true, practical understanding of faith and of love and of the other faculties of the mind, and an understanding of how to apply these faculties as they are needed to refresh, encourage, and aid the new Truth thoughts into fruition. The increasing power of Truth is Spirit.

Preceding Entry: Apollonia
Following Entry: Apollyon