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Events in Ephesus During Paul's Second Missionary Journey
#9 Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province of Asia. It was a very large and populated city and only Rome was more important. It became the third most important city in the history of early Christianity.
(See Acts 18:18-21)
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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