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  • WILLIAM LUHM on Acts 16 - 3 years ago
    Why was Paul forbidden to preach in Asia?
  • Mishael Pt 2 - In Reply on Acts 16 - 3 years ago
    Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them." ( Acts 16:6-10)

    "Asia" in the Book of Acts is modern day Turkey or Asia Minor. The cities of Phrygia, Galatia, Mysia, Bithynia and Troas are all in Asia Minor. In the beginning of Acts, chapter 16, Paul was already in "Asia" (Turkey) with the decree from Jerusalem. He had picked up Timothy in Lystra and continued in verse 4 to spread the news in southern Turkey. However, once Paul got to Phrygia (verse 6), the holy spirit kept him from preaching. So Paul and his companions moved on again and again until it was revealed to him in a vision in Troas that he was urgently needed in Macedonia (northern Greece). We believe that this was the main reason God forbade Paul from preaching in Asia Minor. It soon became clear to Paul and his companions that they would not have been where they needed to be had they lingered in Galatia any longer. Therefore, verse 6 is less about God forbidding Paul to preach in Asia and more about Paul's trusting God's divine timing.
  • William Luhm - In Reply on Acts 16 - 3 years ago
    Thank You so much for your speedy response. Yes, I agree totally with your assessment of the Apostle Paul/Asia and his obeying the Holy Spirit. At times we seem to forget the two words threaded through the scriptures both old and New Testaments--TRUST AND OBEY
  • Mishael part 1 - In Reply on Acts 16 - 3 years ago
    I think clearly we are seeing that the Holy Spirit directs our appointments divinely. It was that way then, as it is today in this time. If we pray and submit to evangelizing; the Holy Spirit will lead us to those who are ready to hear.

    One plows the fallow ground of our hearts in prayer; another sprinkles the see of Gods Word; next our intercessors rain on the seed with our prayer ministry; the Lord of the Harvest sends reapers (evangelists) to bring in the harvest. This is how Jesus planned it.

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