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Antioch in Pisidia
by Wayne Blank
"Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, 'Tell me, art thou a Roman?'"
Note that the Romans' way of using the word "freedom" was actually just a label for their imperialism, not freedom in the actual personal sense, whether for their own citizens, or for the people of other nations who were supposedly set free by becoming subject to a Roman ruler. Examples: a Roman citizen on death row, as Paul himself ended up, still had his "freedom," and the "freedom" that the Romans brought to the people of other nations, all across Europe to the Middle East, from Britain to Iraq (see map below), was actually a matter of invading, occupying and ruling over them (see Ancient Empires - Rome). That same Roman system of "freedom" extended over Judea, where "free" Roman troops (i.e. "With a great sum obtained I this freedom," see quote of Roman soldier above) carried out the brutal torture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul preached The Gospel Of God's Coming in many cities in the region, including Antioch in Pisidia.
"Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga [see Pergamum], they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the Law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on" (Acts 13:13-15 KJV)
Although some opposed their preaching of the Gospel, many in the city welcomed the Truth and those who taught it.
"Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God."
Antioch in Pisidia is mentioned here along with Antioch in Syria.
"And when they had preached the Gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation [see Trials and Tribulations] enter into the Kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia"
Fact Finder: Where are the major missionary journeys of Paul recorded in the Bible?