“Paul, a Jew by birth and upbringing, spread the gospel of Christ in the Gentile world from Syria to Italy, if not indeed to Spain, during the thirty years or so which followed his conversion to Christianity about A.D. 33. The energy with which he undertook and accomplished his commission may be illustrated by one phase of his apostolic ministry—the decade between A.D. 47 and 57. Here is Roland Allen’s summary:
In little more than ten years St. Paul established the Church in four provinces of the Empire, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Before A.D. 47 there were no Churches in these provinces; in A.D. 57 St. Paul could speak as if his work there was done, and could plan extensive tours into the far West without anxiety lest the Churches which he had founded might perish in his absence for want of his guidance and support.”
Yet today, these areas are predominantly Muslim and have been for about 1200 years. Why? Satan immediately comes and takes away the Word.
Mark4.14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.
 Bruce, F. F. (1977). Paul: Apostle of the free spirit (17–18). Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster.
Published on Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 4:55 AM CDT