Acts 16

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Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

– Acts 16:6-9

This example of the sensitivity to the Spirit and His leading is one of my absolute favorites in Scripture. We move from the “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us” in Acts 15, to the “they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit” and “the Spirit did not permit them” of Acts 16. And then came the vision of Paul in the night, and in the following verse “after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

As a side note, notice the use of “they” and “them” in verses 6-9, and the change to “we” in verse 10. From one sentence to the next, Paul’s traveling band of ministers added a 4th co-laboerer named Luke.

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