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The Man Of Macedonia
In the time of the apostle Paul, Macedonia was defined as the area north of the Greek peninsula up to the Balkan highlands in southeastern Europe. In the era (about 3 centuries) between the end of the Old Testament record and the beginning of the New Testament it was within the Greek kingdom (see Ancient Empires - Greece), but it later became a Roman province (see Ancient Empires - Rome).
Although his ministry began in Asia, in what is today Turkey (where Paul himself was born, in Tarsus), the apostle Paul was directed, by a vision from Christ, of a "man of Macedonia" (whether an actual man, or a figurative portrayal in the vision of the Christians there) to take the Gospel to Macedonia, and hence, Europe.
"16:6 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, 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
"There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us"
Paul then crossed over to Macedonia, beginning a long relationship with the Christians of Europe.
"16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 16:12 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.
Paul's connection to the Macedonian Christians continued through the rest of his life, as mentioned in his later Epistles.
"1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven [see Could Christ Return Tonight?], whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Did Macedonians sometimes accompany Paul on his missionary journeys? (b) Where did Paul go on each of his major missionary journeys?