Monthly Archives: June 2014

On to Spain

At the conclusion of his first Roman imprisonment (ca. A. D. 62-3), the Apostle Paul was "delivered out of the mouth of the Lion" (Nero, 2 Tim. 4:17).  Did he then fulfill his long-held desire to travel to Spain and preach the gospel there?  He had earlier intended to visit the Christians in Rome and be "brought on his way" by them to Spain (Rom. 15:24-28).

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Delivered from the Lion’s Mouth

How did Paul's first imprisonment in Rome conclude?  Did he stand before Caesar (Nero), as he had thought he would? (Acts 25:10-12).  It is not easy to determine what happened at the end of the two years he spent in "his own hired house" chained to a member of the Praetorian Guard (Acts 28:30; ca. A. D. 60-62).  Possibly, his accusers did not follow him from Jerusalem

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“When we came to Rome”

Around A. D. 60, Luke, the "beloved physician" (Col. 4:14), writes, "...and when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him" (Acts 28:16).  Paul had long planned and prayed for an opportunity to visit his fellow Christians in Rome (Rom. 1:9-13; 15:23-29).

He had not planned, however,

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