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Conclusion to the Events Surrounding Paul's Second Missionary Journey
Paul and his companions were no doubt familiar with the commission that Jesus spoke (See Below). They journeyed out by faith into uncharted territory, yet it was fertile ground and the Lord was faithful to them, working signs and wonders in every place that they ministered the gospel. They planted the seed and the Lord caused the increase.
Just before the Lord ascended into heaven he said to His disciples:Mark 16:15-20
15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Matthew 16:18 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Jesus promised that He would build His church and that the "gates of Hades" would not prevail against it. Paul had set out this second time, around 51 A.D. to re-visit those churches that he had help to establish. He was very aware that it was not his responsibility to plant the churches, or to maintain and protect them, but that he was just an instrument in Godís eternal purposes.
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