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Acts chapter 16:1-5
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Acts chapter 16:1-5:
V1: Paul ( with Silas ) revisits Derbe and Lystra, where he knew both blessing and tribulation on his first journey ( ch 14.) Here Timothy joins him – we presume a convert from that previous visit. He is the son of a ” mixed marriage “, his mother being a Jewess who is now a believer in Jesus, and a Greek father. Timothy will become a dearly beloved protege of Paul, to whom he would write the 2 NT letters which bear his name.
V2: Timothy is well-regarded by the believers, not only in Lystra but in Iconium too – clearly there was some contact and fellowship between churches in a wider area.
V3: Paul adds Timothy to his team, first circumcising him so as not to offend Jewish believers since his mother is Jewish, so he would be seen as such himself. Paul would always argue against imposing circumcision on ” full ” Gentiles, of course.
V4: Still Paul and his companions relay to every church they visit the outcome of the ” Jerusalem council”, and what was agreed there to be required of Gentile converts.
V5: They also exercise a wider ministry of encouragement to strengthen the believers, and of Gospel preaching – so, the daily growth of the churches.,