Romans 15:24,28 “Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company…When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.”
Some interesting thoughts on Paul’s mention of Spain. Will have to check the timeline to see where the letter to Romans fits.
It is thought that Paul was in prison under house arrest at the end of Acts due to his appeal to Caesar. He was there in his own rented house for two years. He later made it to Spain, but was eventually arrested again and imprisoned in Rome in the dungeons. He wrote some epistles from there including first and second Timothy, believed to be his last.
A study Bible introduction suggests Romans was written near the end of Paul’s third missionary journey. The church would have already existed there, probably started by Jews dispersed after the Resurrection or perhaps by missionary efforts from churches Paul started. He does mention Priscilla and Aquila. And it is mentioned in other letters that he took relief supplies to Jerusalem for the saints there as he mentions here. After the long time in Jerusalem, he is sent to Rome as he appealed to Caesar. He stays there for some time then apparently continued on to Spain. Upon his return, the Roman government has begun to persecute Christians. He is arrested and would eventually die in the Roman dungeon. It is interesting that God did not see fit to give us more details regarding the lives of the Apostles or of Jesus Himself. John alludes to the fact that much of what Jesus did while on earth wasn’t recorded. But I think it falls into the arena of faith. As my Bible teacher would say, the Bible is just what God wanted, all that He wanted, and only what He wanted.
30 “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me”
Romans 16:24 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”
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