One Door Closed

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas had just recruited Timothy and were ready to continue taking the Gospel to the people of Asia Minor when the Holy Spirit forbade them from doing so.  With this being so, they tried this area and that, but the same kept being the case; the Holy Ghost just would not let them go.

Another Door Opened

Finally, while Paul was asleep one night, a vision came to him of a man standing in the distance, asking for help.  The man was in Macedonia, or Greek.  When Paul awoke, he and his companions quickly trekked to the land which was in Paul’s night vision.  This is where we get the term “Macedonian Call”.

The Results Are Amazing

From this call, we get the story of Paul and Silas in jail and, eventually, the Philippian church.  However, there is something even more astonishing here, for many individuals believe that it is because of this call that Paul’s direction for his journeys turned toward the western side of Europe.  It is possibly because of this vision that the Gospel eventually flooded what would later become the nations from whence our own forefathers came.  That’s pretty important.

Of course, the fact that Paul was meant to preach in Rome and that Christianity spread all across the Roman Empire, resulting in the persecution, and later universal acceptance of the church by the empire could have resulted in the teachings of Christ flooding Europe.

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