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Frameworks: Acts 18


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation.)


v.1-4 Paul in Corinth with Aquila and Priscilla

v.5-8 Silas & Timothy arrive and the Jews reject Paul

v.9-11 Paul, encouraged in a vision stays in Corinth a year and a half

v.12-17 Jews attack Paul but are rejected by the proconsul

v.18-23 Paul moves on to Ephesus, Jerusalem and back to Antioch and then Asia Minor

v.24-28 Apollos at Ephesus



v.1-4 Paul in Corinth with Aquila and Priscilla


v.1  After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

v.2,3  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

v.4  Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.


[Passage Synopsis: Moving on from Athens to Corinth he encounters a couple of tentmakers, Aquila and Priscilla and stays and works with them which discussing and possibly preaching in the synagogue.]



v.5-8 Silas & Timothy arrive and the Jews reject Paul


v.5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.

v.6  But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles .”

v.7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.

v.8 Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.


[Passage Synopsis: A while later Silas and Timothy, who had stayed back in Berea [17:14], join him and he carries on seeking to reach the Jews with the gospel. However, after a while the Jews turn hostile to Paul resulting in him declaring yet again [see also 13:46] that he will go to the Gentiles. Nevertheless the synagogue leader and his family all believe, as did many Corinthians.]



v.9-11 Paul, encouraged in a vision stays in Corinth a year and a half


v.9  One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.

v.10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

v.11  So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.


[Passage Synopsis: The Lord intervenes with a vision and reassures Paul and so he stays there for a year and a half despite the negative Jews.]



v.12-17 Jews attack Paul but are rejected by the proconsul


v.12 While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment.

v.13 “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”

v.14  Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanour or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you.

v.15 But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law—settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.”

v.16  So he drove them off.

v.17 Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.


[Passage Synopsis: At some point the Jews of Corinth band together against Paul and took him to the proconsul but the proconsul tells them to settle their religious dispute themselves, so they turn on their synagogue believer who, we saw, had become a believer, and beat him.]



v.18-23 Paul moves on to Ephesus, Jerusalem and back to Antioch and then Asia Minor


v.18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.

v.19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

v.20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined.

v.21 But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God's will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus.

v.22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.


[Passage Synopsis: Paul travels on, somewhat uneventfully from Corinth to Ephesus to Jerusalem and back to his home church at Antioch. 




Summary of Paul's Second Missionary Journey:


15:41 From Antioch Paul & Silas (his new partner) went through Syria and Cilicia

16:1 they came to Derbe and then to Lystra

•  there joined by Timothy

16:7 Stopped by the Spirit from entering Bithynia

•  so turn west

16:8,9 At Troas Paul has a vision of being called to Macedonia

16:12 Travelled to Philippi

•  led Lydia to the Lord v.14

•  delivers a clairvoyant slave girl v.18

•  attacked by owner and beaten on order of the magistrates v.22

•  thrown into prison v.23, released by earthquake v.26, jailor saved v.34

17:1 Travels to Thessalonica

•  preaches in synagogue for three weeks v.2-4

•  threatened by Jews who cause a riot v.5-9

17:10 Escape to Berea

•  taught in synagogue and many come to the Lord v.10-12

•  Jews from Thessalonica arrive and agitate against Paul v.13

•  Paul sent by believers to Athens v.15

17:16 Waits in Athens for the others

•  reasons in synagogue and marketplace v.17

•  preaches in Areopagus v.22-

18:1 Travelled to Corinth

•  stayed with Aquila and Pricilla v.3

•  argued in synagogue v.4

•  when Jews became abusive he declared he would go only to Gentiles v.6

•  many Corinthians believe v.8

•  encouraged by a vision v.9

•  stayed in Corinth a year and a half v.11

•  Jews attack Paul again v.12

18:19 Travelled to Ephesus

•  argued in synagogue v.19

18:22 Travelled to Jerusalem and back to Antioch



Start of Paul's Third Missionary Journey: 18:23 – 21:16


v.23  After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and travelled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.


[Note: Paul's Third Missionary Journey, starts from Antioch and first of all goes back up into Asia Minor.]



v.24-28 Apollos at Ephesus


v.24  Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures.

v.25  He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervour and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.

v.26  He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

v.27  When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.

v.28  For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.


[Passage Synopsis: Paul is not the only teacher around. Apollos is introduced and goes to Ephesus and meets Priscilla and Aquila. He is a learned Christian Jew but who had obviously not yet been baptized in the Spirit. This appears to have been remedied [see below] and he goes to Achaia preaching Jesus.]



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