KEY SCRIPTURE: ACTS 19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
Apostle Paul had a very successful ministry in Ephesus. Many souls were won. Many lives were transformed and more people were set free from satanic and demonic bondages.
What was the next thing for him to have done? Naturally, he should have decided to set up a tent in Ephesus, that is to establish himself there, but Paul was not going to entangle himself with such things. Paul purposed in his spirit that when he passed through Macedonia and Achaia, he would go to Jerusalem, saying that afterwards he would end up at Rome. Apostle Paul purposed in his spirit. This meant that nothing was going to change that. Many people give up on their decisions and wonder why this is so. The truth about such people is that, they did not purpose in their spirits. Indeed, a decided mind can never be tempted. He said that after he had visited Jerusalem, he would go to Rome.
Rome was the seat of the Emperor where the Roman empire ruled parts of the world from. Paul knew very well that the emperor would not take kindly to the preaching of any Lord over men. Such sayings will be treated as high treason. Rome was quite a journey away from Jerusalem and the journey had a lot of uncertainties. None of these things was of any serious concern to him.
Apostle Paul followed through with his decisions and firstly sent Timothy and Erastus to go ahead of him to Macedonia, whiles he stayed in Asia for a season. Around that time, there arose a strong persecution about the way or the faith. I believe by this time; Paul has been so used to these persecutions or uproars against the way or the faith such that it did not matter to him in any way.
If the church must rule the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, then we must not be afraid of oppositions that rise against the gospel. We must stand and not be moved, for victory would be surely ours. Apostle Paul triumphed in his time. We would also triumph if we don’t love our lives and put our trust in the Lord to see us through.
I am moved by the love of Christ; therefore, the gospel flows aggressively through me to many who are lost and nothing shall hinder its flow.
Mark 1:38. And he said unto them, let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
Then Paul answered, what mean you to weep and to break my heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.