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by Wayne Blank
"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica"
Paul and Silas passed through Amphipolis on their way from Philippi to Thessalonica during Paul's second missionary journey (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).
"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures [see also Which Bible Did Jesus Use?], Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
As made evident in the verses quoted above, Paul's Ministry was almost always a matter of peaceful acceptance or violent rejection. Those who believed the Gospel, whether among Paul's fellow Jews, or from the people of other nations, joyfully and peacefully accepted the truth and those who preached it. On the other hand, those who rejected the Gospel, whether among Paul's fellow Jews, or from the people of other nations, very often reacted violently against the truth and those who preached it.
"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.