Paul's Second Missionary Journey with Map
Events in Troas During Paul's Second Missionary Journey
When they went through Phrygia and Galatia the Holy Spirit
forbade them to preach in Asia and so they passed through Mysia and came to
Troas where Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia asking for help.
It is interesting that right after Paul had seen the vision it says that
endeavored to go to Macedonia. Now notice here we have a
plural pronoun "we."
You remember that Luke is the author of the book of
Acts. This is the first time the personal pronoun is used. So it is probably
here at Troas where Luke met up with Paul. Luke now turns to the personal plural
pronouns because at this point Luke became a companion with Paul, notice the
"we" and the "us" in the rest of the verse.
16:10 "And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go
into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us to preach the
gospel unto them."
Paul's Second Missionary
Journey with Map
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.
Paul could rest in the fact that the Lord would cause the increase, and Paul
had no doubt rested on this truth because the task that was before him would
have been impossible if it had not been for the strength and guidance that was
provided by the Lord.
Paul and his companions were continually persecuted by the Jewish leaders from
Asia and Greece, yet the Lord protected them in every circumstance and Paul
was determined to "run the race" that was set before him.
In Paulís second missionary journey he re-visits a couple cities in Asia, one of which
was Lystra where he was stoned and left for dead a few years earlier. He later
has a vision that leads him over to Greece and Paul and his companions travel
and minister in various cities in Greece (Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens
and Corinth). Later Paul returns to Ephesus and finally to Caesarea and
You can look at the Map to trace the route of Paulís second missionary campaign.
Syria and Cilicia
Derbe and Lystra
10 Caesarea and Antioch
Second Missionary Journey
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