Paul’s mission was evolving. He was now becoming more recognized by the people in the areas he preached and therefore more despised by the Jewish community. In addition, the Church was being considered, along with the Jewish community an enemy of Rome. So as Paul entered Corinth, he met up with Aquila, Pricilla, and Titus. Once in Corinth, Paul started preaching to the Jews, but was rejected and threatened; so he moved to preaching to the Gentiles.
During that time, God spoke to Paul. He knew the threat was real, so he told Paul to focus on the message and he would keep Paul safe. With that assurance, Paul settled in and built the church in Corinth up for the next 18 months. In that time, the church in Corinth became a flagship for the Gentile church. Still, looming in the wings, Paul had to be aware of the growing opposition to the church and to him personally. It was his faith through that opposition that allowed the growth of the church.
In our culture, we see the growing opposition to Christ around the globe. While we are still free to worship in America, there is increased persecution in Africa, China and the Middle-East; the simple death of the church in Europe and the growth of Islam to fill those gaps. As the church struggles and Islam rises, God reminds us not to be silent–but instead preach boldly, he will protect us because he has many people here. If we do not preach boldly, we will become like Europe and see the church simply whither from lack of interest. Once that occurs, the enemy will swoop in and fill the void. When that happens, persecution will soon follow. “Be strong and courageous, our enemy prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom ever he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
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After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 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, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 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.”
7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 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.
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.