Vs. 1, “After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.” Paul would continue his journey to the third largest city in the Roman Empire: Corinth (vs. 1-17). Corinth was Paul’s first extended ministry where he would stay for 18 months (vs. 11). Corinth was a harbor city and was known for the worship of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. After a rough time in Macedonia, Paul came to Corinth a bit weakened (I Corinthians 2:3). But God would bring a married couple, Aquila and Priscilla, fellow tentmakers to encourage him until the arrival of Silas and Timothy. Paul was able to devote to the ministry full-time after some gracious offerings from the Macedonian churches. The rejection of Paul in the synagogue would lead him into focusing wholly on the Gentiles. God provided in starting a home church at Titius Justus house, which must have been a fairly large home. There was great significance of the judgment of Gallio for this would help the continued growth of the Gospel. After Corinth, Paul would go onto Ephesus in the region of Asia with Aquila and Priscilla (vs. 18-21). While there was a favorable response in Ephesus, Paul needed to go back to the Caesarea where he probably reported to the church in Jerusalem before he went down to the church in Antioch (vs. 22). We also see the beginning journey of Paul’s third missionary journey (vs. 23). The latter half or our chapter introduces us to Apollos (vs. 24-28) in Ephesus. Apollos was well trained in the Old Testament and would play an important role in the growth of the early church. Apollos was from the great Egyptian city of Alexandria (which would become a great center for Christianity in the 2nd Century). Aquila and Priscilla would again play an important role in their hospitality and guidance to help Apollos have a deeper understanding of the Jesus’ fulfillment of the Scriptures.
Regarding application…I Got You. Vs. 10, “For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” This was the encouragement that Paul would need and why he would stay as long as he did. God had a purpose to keep Paul in Corinth for He had many people who would need to hear the Gospel. He also had people in the right places to ensure Paul would effectively be able to do his ministry. God has our backs in all situations. Everywhere I have moved; Indianapolis, In, Portland, OR, Corona, CA, or West Covina, CA, God has always brought people in my life that have been there for me. Take time today to thank the Lord for being there for you!