Acts 18:9-11..9 Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 And he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
It was only a 50 mile journey southeast from Athens to Corinth. When he arrived he worked as a tentmaker with Aquila and Priscilla. On the Sabbath he testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. When they opposed and blasphemed Paul turned to the Gentiles. [Acts 18:1-6]
Paul went into the house of Titus who worshipped God. The house was next to the synagogue. Crispus the chief ruler of the synagogue believed on Jesus and many of the Corinthians believed. [Acts18:7-8]
Paul must have been fearful for his safety, because Jesus came to him in a vision and said to him the words in vv.9-11 above. Jesus said 5 things: 1] Do not be afraid, 2] keep on proclaiming the gospel, 3] do not be silent about the gospel, 4] no one will harm you and 5] I have many people in the city. That must have been very comforting to Paul given his history of persecution. He was filled with joy that he was not alone and could preach with vigor. Paul stayed there 18 months teaching the word.
Finally the Jews rose up against Paul and brought him before Gallio, but Gallio released Paul. Paul left and went to Ephesus. He continued on his trip to Jerusalem, stopping at Antioch. [Acts 18:12-22]
Disciples in Jacksonville, Florida can apply all these statements but #4 to our ministry. Even when persecution comes Jesus will be with us.
Henry Luke 1/30/2018
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