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by Wayne Blank
"from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony"
Paul's First Missionary Journey was in Asia Minor (i.e. Turkey) and it seems that Paul intended to remain in his "home" area (Paul was born in Tarsus, in that area of southern Turkey), but the Holy Spirit directed Paul toward Europe, across The Aegean Sea into Macedonia.
"Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit ["the Spirit of Jesus" in the RSV] suffered them not.
Paul obeyed and made the crossing that brought him to Philippi and the purpose of Paul's Second Missionary Journey.
"Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
Philippi was also a sailing port along Paul's Third Missionary Journey.
"And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia. And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece, And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheos; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These going before tarried for us at Troas.
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