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Through Macedonia and Greece October 23, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 20:1-6.

Summary: In this passage, Paul and his companions left Ephesus and traveled – through Macedonia – to Greece; during that journey, they strengthened many believers. After staying in Greece for three months, Paul decided to return to Syria. Now several Jews hatched a plot against him, assuming that he would travel by sea. He learned of their machinations, though; thus, he returned to Macedonia, passing through Philippi and arriving at Troas.

Thoughts: Here, we see that several believers accompanied Paul on his journeys. Calvin offers some thoughts on this point:

His companions gave no ordinary proof of their loyalty, and we see how precious his life was to the believers, when a great many from various countries were chosen to accompany him and undertake a difficult journey at great expense for his sake.

When I read this passage, I was struck by the fact that each of these companions hailed from churches that Paul had planted. Thus, this passage is a neat illustration of the fruit that God bore through Paul. These men went beyond the relatively simple requirement of hearing the Gospel message and accepting its veracity – they demonstrated their solidarity with Paul in the midst of severe trials. While I cannot say that I have influenced other believers to that extent, I do believe that God has worked through me to plant and water seeds in the lives of others. It is my prayer that God would continue to work through me in that regard.

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