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Paul’s Defense before Believers

In what remains of what we know as Acts 20, Luke treats us with Paul’s final speech as a free man. Furthermore, it is his only speech in Acts that is given before only a believing audience. So, we can expect his words here to be of greater depth than what he is shown to have said before at the Athenian Areopagus in Acts 17, for example or even before the Jews of Pisidian Antioch in Acts 13. Here at Miletus, a prosperous coastal city on the eastern Aegean Sea, Paul summoned the elders of the Ephesian church (Acts 20:17), for he sailed past the port at Ephesus not wanting to delay his course to Jerusalem longer than was necessary (Acts 20:16). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul's 3rd missionary journey

 

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Closed Doors and the Guidance of the Spirit

After Paul was satisfied that his work in the Galatian churches was complete for the time being, he decided to go into the province of Asia. This is the province where we find the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3. However, Paul and company were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel there (Acts 16:6). Why? We don’t know. Certainly it was the will of God that the cities within the province hear the Gospel, for Paul brought the Gospel to them later, on his third missionary journey, and even introduced Ephesus to the Gospel as he returned from his 2nd missionary journey on his way to Jerusalem (Acts 18:19-21). They were also prevented from traveling north into Bithynia to preach. Later Peter would write his first epistle to Christians in this province (1Peter 1:1), so the Spirit was not denying these people should have the Gospel preached to them, but he closed the door to them at this particular time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2009 in Gospel, Religion

 

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