As he wanted to cross to Greece, the brothers wrote to the disciples there, urging them to welcome him. On his arrival there he was of great service to those who through God's favor had become believers,
Paul stayed some time longer, and then bade the brothers goodbye and sailed for Syria, with Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, because of a vow he had been under.
I did the planting, Apollos the watering, but it was God who made the plants grow.
But to all who did receive him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God,
But Barnabas got hold of him and introduced him to the apostles, and he told them how on his journey he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him, and how boldly he had spoken for the cause of Jesus at Damascus.
While Gallio was governor of Greece the Jews made a concerted attack upon Paul, and brought him before the governor.
It was while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul, after passing through the interior, reached Ephesus. Finding some disciples there,
through whom we have received God's favor and been commissioned in his name to urge obedience and faith upon all the heathen,
I want to introduce to you our sister Phoebe, who is a helper in the church at Cenchreae.
Like an expert builder, I laid a foundation, as God commissioned me to do, and now someone else is building upon it. But let everyone be careful how he does so.
But by God's favor I have become what I am, and the favor he showed me has not gone for nothing, but I have worked harder than any of them, although it was not really I but the favor God showed me.
When I come I will send whatever persons you authorize with credentials, to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
Not that we are the masters of you and your faith; we are working with you to make you happy, for in your faith you stand firm enough.
Am I falling into self-recommendation again? Do I, like some people, need letters of recommendation to you or from you?
For it is by his mercy that you have been saved through faith. It is not by your own action, it is the gift of God.
I am convinced of this, and so I know that I shall stay on and serve you all, to help you to develop and to be glad in your faith.
For you have been granted the privilege not only of trusting in Christ but of suffering for him.
when in your baptism you were buried with him, and raised to life with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him from the dead.
Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, wishes to be remembered to you, and so does Barnabas' cousin Mark. (About him you have had instructions; if he comes to see you, make him welcome.)
We always have to thank God for you, brothers whom the Lord so loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved through consecration by the Spirit and through faith in the truth,
But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior were revealed,
Do not be misled, my dear brothers.
whom God the Father has chosen and predestined by the consecration of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ, and to be sprinkled with his blood; God bless you and give you perfect peace.
So we ought to support such men, to show that we are ready to co-operate with the truth.