If we were to
trace all of Paul’s life we would have to traverse the entire middle
east!! However, the most
significant part of his ministry was in the areas we will visit.
For instance, it is so important to us that the Holy Spirit
directed Paul and his companions to Europe instead of Asia. We will trace his footsteps though Greece.
I especially love to sit on Mars Hill overlooking the ancient
“agora”, or market place of Athens, on the one hand and the ruins on
the acropolis on the other. I
trust that we will be able to read Paul’s discussions with the
philosophers while we are there and his marvelous message to them and
there is Corinth. When I
think of this ancient city I must think of Paul having spent extended
time there. It was here he
met Aquilla and Priscilla and worked with them in the tent making
business to support his ministry. We
will even see the remains of some of the shops and wonder if one of
these was Aquilla’s. We will also stand before the same judgment seat (bema) that
Paul stood before as he made his defense of the gospel in that pagan
city. We will lift up our
eyes and see the remains of the Corinthian acropolis where there are
remains of ancient temples dedicated to pagan gods and where over 1200
religious prostitutes plied their trade.
Corinth was an evil seaport city but it was visited by the Grace
of God and two of our very important epistles of the New Testament were
directed to this diverse multi-cultural worldly city.