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Mysia

Mysia was an ancient province in the northwestern section of what is today Turkey. Mysia was long-known in relation to Bible History; the Persians (see Ancient Empires - Persia) included the area in their empire until Alexander the Great took it for Greece (see Ancient Empires - Greece). By the time of the New Testament era, Rome (see Ancient Empires - Rome) had risen and eclipsed (an appropriate word since Greek influence and civilization, although overshadowed by Roman war-worshipping militarism throughout the Middle East, survived e.g. although Rome was the "ruler of the world" at that time, the New Testament was originally written in Greek) the Greek kingdom.

"And when they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them"

During Paul's second missionary journey (see the Fact Finder question below and Paul's Ministry), the apostle had intended to travel north from central Turkey, up through Bithynia, but "the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them." Why? Because "the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily" in that area. The Gospel was firmly planted there, while an apostle's Christ-commanded responsibilities were not entirely the same as a local pastor. Although there were no boundaries between the two, a local pastor can be thought of as a shepherd (e.g. "Tend the flock of God that is your charge," 1 Peter 5:2 RSV), while an apostle can be thought of as an ambassador (e.g. "So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us," 2 Corinthians 5:20 RSV). In effect, the principle was that an apostle (the point of the sword) advanced into new territory while a pastor (the edge of the sword) thereafter secured it.

Paul's Second Missionary Journey Paul had a vision of a man in Macedonia (in Europe) beseeching him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." So Paul went directly through Mysia to the port of Troas to cross over to Macedonia. It was time for the Gospel to be taken more effectively to Europe.

"So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing beseeching him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the Gospel to them." (Acts 16:5-10 RSV)

Paul sailed across from Asia to Europe.

"Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia, and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days; and on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together." (Acts 16:11-13 RSV)

As noted in the verses quoted above and below, Paul found people of God there, but their knowledge had not yet been transformed into understanding, so "The Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul," just as Paul's own heart had been opened at the time of his own calling.

"One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul. And when she was baptized, with her household, she besought us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us." (Acts 16:14-15 RSV)

Fact Finder: Where can each of Paul's major apostolic journeys be found in the Scriptures?
Paul's First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:1 to 15:35)
Paul's Second Missionary Journey (Acts 15:36 to 18:22)
Paul's Third Missionary Journey (Acts 18:23 to 21:17)
Paul's Journey To Rome (Acts chapters 27 and 28)


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