Tag Archives: Galatia

Prevented by the Spirit?

As often as I read Acts 16:6, I have wondered just how the Holy Spirit stopped Paul and company from preaching in the province of Asia. Then when they decided to evangelize the province of Bithynia along the Black Sea (verse-7), the Spirit of Jesus again prevented their preaching efforts there. Why and how was this done? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey


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When Did Paul Return to Jerusalem?

Paul in Jerusalem

from Google Images

I have yet one more thing to address concerning Paul in Damascus before I go on to discuss his stay in Jerusalem. How long was Saul (Paul) away from Jerusalem? Paul says in Galatians 1:17-18 that he didn’t return to Jerusalem for about 3 years after leaving there to arrest believers at Damascus. Yet, some critics seem to believe that Luke contradicts Paul making it seem like he returns to Jerusalem almost immediately after his conversion. Is this true? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem, Textual Criticism


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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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