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by Wayne Blank
"to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia"
Paul started preaching the Gospel throughout his native Asia Minor (Paul was born in Tarsus; see also Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey), but the day came when The Lord decided that it was time to also take the Gospel across to Europe.
"Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus [see Timotheos], the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily."
In later years, Peter addressed the Christians of Bithynia, and throughout the area, in an epistle (see Epistles). Peter's use of the term "strangers" wasn't about that the Christians were strangers to their home towns in Bithynia and elsewhere, but that all Christians are yet strangers, Aliens, on earth while awaiting the coming of the Kingdom of God from heaven to earth in the end time i.e. "reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (see below).
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."
Fact Finder: What personal differences would the people of Bithynia, and everywhere else, have noticed between the apostles Paul and Peter?