Paul's Missionary Journey By Christian & Caitlin

Paul's first mission took him about two years to complete. His journey covered 1,400 mile.

Significant development in the history of the new Christian church,

Paul's journey started in Antioch, Syria.

The Christian church had been well established here by this stage. It was during the persecution of Christians in Jerusalem and Judea that many fled to Antioch and the surrounding territories.

Cyprus

  • Paul and Barnabas stopped here first.
  • Salamis & Paphos were the main stops.
  • Salamis was the largest city and had a strong Jewish contingent- This made it a natural starting point.
  • Proclaimed Word of God in the synagogues.
  • Paphos-Iconium Made many converts among Jews and Gentiles.
  • Sergius Paulus & Elymas feature as main encounters of the journey.
  • Bar-Jesus AKA Elymas.
  • Magician and false prophet.
  • Similar to Philip's encounter with Simon Magus in Samaria- (Conversion). Elymas feels threatened by Paul and Barnabas as the Roman Proconsul is not as interested in his false signs and miracles anymore.
  • Paul, with the help of the Holy Spirit, denounces Elymas. Through the judgement of God, he is temporarily blinded.

Significance

  • There is significance in the punishment of Elymas as Paul also received the punishment of blindness as he was met by the judgement of God on the road to Damascus.
  • The venerable Bede, an early Christian writer, writes, "Remembering his [Paul] own case he knew that by the darkening of the eyes the mind's darkness might be restored to light."

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