Paul fought riots, shipwrecks, torment, and torture but finally, he made it to Rome. In Rome, Paul continued to meet with Jewish and non-Jewish believers. He lived in a rented House under guard; but was not hindered from speaking the truth in love up to the time when Nero wanted to make his point. Then Paul was martyred.
in the end, Paul’s efforts to stop the church led him to make the church an international family. As he said in Colossians 3–“Here there is no Jew or Greek, Barbarian or Scythian, slave or free.” Believers were advancing across the known world and the church was on the rise. Ironically, as all roads led to Rome, So did Paul’s mission. God’s plan remained flawless.
As we walk daily on this journey, Like Paul, we must listen for God’s direction, and press on toward that mark. We cannot plan for God. Instead, we must simply follow his lead–even in trial, shipwrecks, torture, and torment. He will, as with Paul, protect, prepare, and provide for us as we continue the mission He has for set before us!
God Bless You
15 The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard
17 Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. 19 The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”
21 They replied, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.”
23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe…30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!