The Acts of the Apostles
Apostle Paul Third Missionary Journey Map
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Story
Paul's Third Journey Events
A pleasant day to you, and welcome back once again to Daily Bread.
Today's study takes us along with Paul on his third missionary
journey to reach the Gentiles for Jesus.
Keep in mind that he does try and reach any Jewish people that are
around at the same time, they are just a little more hardened of
heart than the Gentiles because they believe in the Old Covenant
only. If they did believe in the New Covenant, they would have to
admit they crucified their Lord. So it was quite a task for Paul to
reach them, but he did share the Truth with many and some Jewish
people accepted it.
While Apollos was at Corinth, spreading the good news, Paul, came to
Ephesus, and finding certain disciples there he asked them, Have you
received the Holy
Ghost since you believed? They answered, We've never even heard
of the Holy Ghost. Paul asked, So, into what then, were you
baptized? They answered, Into John's baptism. Paul explained, John
truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people,
that they should believe in Him who would come after him, that is, in
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Discussion
Paul's Third Journey Saga
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost
came upon them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. There
were about twelve men in all.
Paul went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for three months,
teaching and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God. But
when certain people's hearts were hardened, and didn't believe, but
rather spoke evil in front of the people, Paul departed from them,
and took the disciples separately, teaching daily in the school of a
man named Tyrannus.
Paul continued there for two years; so that all who lived in Asia
heard the Word of the Lord Jesus, both Jewish and Greeks. And God
worked special miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs
or aprons that were Paul's, were brought to the sick, and their
diseases left them, and evil spirits departed from them. Did you get
that? If a handkerchief that was owned by Paul touched someone with a
disease, they were healed! That's pretty incredible!
Now there were also some who probably thought they were ordained as
Paul was, but were not ...
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Lesson
Apostle Paul's Third Journey
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon
them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord
Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and
chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know,
and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them,
and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out
of that house naked and wounded.
This means don't try this at home kids ... Removing evil spirits is
to be performed by those called by God to do so.
This became known to all the Jewish and Greeks also living in
Ephesus; and fear [reverent respect] fell on them all, and the name
of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and
confessed, and confessed about the different forms of bad deeds they
had done. Many of them also, who practiced curious arts (witchcraft
and the like) brought their books together, and burned them in front
of everyone. They counted what they were worth, and found it to be
fifty thousand pieces of silver. Soooooo they trashed fifty thousand
pieces of silver's worth of witchcraft books. That is just awesome
... They believed.
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Research
Paul's Third Journey Tale
The Word of God spread mightily (today one would say it went 'viral')
and prevailed. After that, Paul was determined that when he had
passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying,
After I have been there, I must also see Rome. It looks like there's
gonna be a fourth journey for Paul, doesn't it? So he sent Timotheus
and Erastus (who assisted him) into Macedonia, but he himself stayed
in Asia for a while.
At the time, a big debate arose about The Way (the Gospel of
Jesus), because a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who
made silver shrines for Diana (the goddess of the moon, wild animals
and hunting in Roman mythology), brought in a lot of business for the
He had a meeting with the other tradesmen of the same occupation, and
said, Sirs, you know that by this business we make our money. In
addition, you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but almost all
throughout Asia, this Paul, has convinced and turned away many
people, saying that they aren't gods that are made by hands, so that
not only our business is in danger to be brought to nothing, but also
that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and
her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world
(In other words these fellas were seeing Paul spreading the Truth and
feared losing their primary income of making statues of a wanna be
goddess named Diana.)
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Truth
Paul's Third Journey Path
Well, when they heard these things, they were very angry, and cried
out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians! The whole city was
filled with confusion, and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men
of Macedonia, Paul's traveling companions, they rushed in all
together into the theatre. When Paul wanted to go talk to the people,
the disciples wouldn't allow him to, and certain of the chief of
Asia, which were his friends, sent messages to him, pleading with him
not to risk going into the theatre.
Some cried one thing, and some another, because the people were
confused. The majority of them didn't even know why they were
gathered together. They brought Alexander (one of the brethren) out
of the crowd, and the Jewish people set him in front of them.
Alexander beckoned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to
the people, but when they found out that he was Jewish, they all
shouted together, Great is Diana of the Ephesians, and they continued
to repeat it for two hours.
When the town clerk had calmed the people down, he said, Men of
Ephesus, who doesn't know that the city of the Ephesians is a
worshiper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image that fell down
from Jupiter? Seeing then that these things can't be disputed, you
ought to be quiet, and don't do anything rash.
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Facts
Paul's Third Journey Adventure
You've brought these men here that aren't robbers of churches, or
blasphemers of your goddess. So, if Demetrius, and the craftsmen that
are with him, have a complaint against any man, the law is open
(courts are open), and there are deputies: let them accuse one
But if you wish to debate any thing concerning other matters, it
shall be determined in a lawful assembly. We're in danger to be
called for an explanation (by the ruling Romans) for this day's
uproar, and there's no reason we can see for this meeting. And after
saying that, he dismissed the assembly of people.
Apostle Paul Timeline & Paul Journey Summary
Paul's Third Journey Conclusion
We just learned that Paul spent two years in Ephesus this time, and
although these are the only two incidents that Luke reveals to us,
certainly there were many other wonderful things that happened there
as he spread the Word. When we come back again, we'll follow Paul as
he continues on his third journey and see what's in store for him
next, in Daily Bread.
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