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Acts 18

December 17, 2011

 
 

Acts กิจการ 18 Paul in Corinth, Ephesus, and Antioch   เปาโลที่เมืองโครินธ์เอเฟซัสแล่นออกจากเมืองเอเฟซัส     

I have made the trip from Athens to Corinth by bus, on the trip to Greece and Rome with Talbot Seminary. By bus it took about an hour.  Paul probably walked it. It would take a long time to walk that distance although it would be a beautiful walk. I enjoyed the scenery more since I was riding than I would have if I had been walking.  The city of Corinth was probably the most wicked city of that day.  It is a seaport city and known for prostitution.  There were also Olympic games there and a busy commerce center.  In the Greek-Roman world where Paul taught, victory was highly valued. So when he shared Christian truth, he used words his audience could understand. In his letters, and probably in his spoken words too, he described Christ as the One who leads us in victory and compared the Christian life to someone training for the ancient Olympic games.

Paul meets tentmakers in Corinth verses 1-3 เปาโลพบสองฝ่ายเป็นช่างทำเต็นท์ด้วยกัน ข้อที่1-3

1หลังจากนั้น   เปาโลจึงออกจากกรุงเอเธนส์ไปยังเมืองโครินธ์

2ท่านได้พบยิวคนหนึ่งที่นั่นชื่ออาควิลลา   ซึ่งเกิดในแคว้นปอนทัส   แต่พึ่งมาจากประเทศอิตาลีกับภรรยาชื่อ   ปริสสิลลา   เพราะจักรพรรดิคลาวดิอัสมีรับสั่งให้พวกยิวทั้งปวง   ออกไปจากกรุงโรม   เปาโลจึงไปหาคนทั้งสองนั้น

3และได้อาศัยทำการอยู่กับเขา   เพราะว่าทั้งสองฝ่ายเป็นช่างทำเต็นท์ด้วยกัน

This is the first time we find out that Paul is a tentmaker.   We had been a well educated man and very religious before becoming a Christian.  Now he is on his second major trip as one the first missionaries, preaching and teaching as he goes.  But where did the money come from for him to live?  Some churches, at least the church in Philippi gave him some support but he also worked so as to not be a burden to those he was teaching and preaching to.   He had a business making tents.  He meets a couple in Corinth that have the same kind of business.  Many pastors and missionaries since then have had to work in some job to help support themselves because the church or mission field does not or cannot support them fully, in English we call this being a tentmaker.   Paul later wrote at least two letters to the church he started in Corinth.

At the beginning of the ministry in Corinth, Paul labored together with Aqulla and Priscilla.  Claudius the Roman emperor at the time, commanded all Jews to leave Rome. Among those who got out of Rome was a very wonderful couple, Aquila and Priscilla.  It could be as the lived and worked together, Paul led them to the Lord, but they were probably already Christians when Paul met them. It seems there was already a church in Rome.  At some point this couple ended up back in Rome.

    Long before going back to Rome, they had a church in their house in Ephesus, and it was from there that Paul wrote his first follow up letter to the Corinthian church. 

The ministry in Corinth verses 4-18  เปาโลที่เมืองโครินธ์ ข้อที่4-18

Paul spent a year and a half in Corinth, going first, as usual to the Jewish synagogue.  He was soon joined by his fellow missionaries Silas and Timothy.  For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html