New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me
PREACHING AT CORINTH (Acts 18:1-17)
By Wayne S. Walker
When Paul left Athens, he went to Corinth. There he met a couple of Christians from a Jewish background named Aquila and Priscilla. Aquila had been born in Pontus, and they had recently come to Corinth from Italy because the Roman emperor Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. Paul came to them, stayed with them, and worked together with them because they were all tentmakers by occupation. During this time, Paul also reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded a number of both Jews and Greeks.
Silas and Timothy finally arrived from Macedonia to rejoin Paul in Corinth, and together they preached Jesus as the Christ. However, the Jewish leaders opposed them and blasphemed. So Paul told them that from then on he would preach primarily to the Gentiles and made his base of operations the house of Justus who lived right next to the synagogue. As a result, even Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed, and many other Corinthians also believed and were baptized.
The Lord spoke to Paul by a vision at night to encourage him, and he continued in Corinth for a year and six months. Gallio was the proconsul or Roman governor, and the unbelieving Jews brought Paul before him with a charge of violations of Jewish law. Paul was about to defend himself. However, Gallio said that if it were a criminal matter, he would have listened, but since it was a question of Jewish law, he would not hear it. So he dismissed the charge. Then the Greeks beat Sosthenes, who is called the ruler of the synagogue. Either he replaced Crispus and apparently also later became a Christian, or they are two names for the same person, but Paul mentions both individuals (1 Corinthians 1:1, 14).
- Where did Paul go when he left Athens?
- Whom did he meet there?
- What group of people did emperor Claudius command to leave Rome?
- What was Paul’s occupation?
- Who finally arrived to rejoin Paul in Corinth from Macedonia?
- Where did Paul and his group go when they left the synagogue?
- Who spoke to Paul one night to encourage him?
- What did the unbelieving Jews charge Paul with before the governor?
- What did the governor do with the charge?