And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
by: Lisa Moore.
Paul reasoned every Sabbath in the synagogue with the Jews and Greeks to persuade them. Reasoning can mean conversing, arguing, discussing, or debating. Whether Paul used one or all of these methods, something shifted when Silas and Timothy arrived. He was compelled by the Spirit to testify to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. The result? Opposition and blasphemy from the Jews. Paul left them and preached the Gospel to the Gentiles who welcomed the Good News and were converted. Many are saved today because of Paul’s ministry. Paul did not allow rejection and opposition of the Gospel to deter him. Let us learn from this.