Jay A. Quine on Paul's First Missionary Journey
Not long after returning to Antioch the Holy Spirit sets Paul and Barnabas apart (Acts 13:1-3). After first traveling to Barnabas' homeland of Cyprus, they sail to Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:13-14, the coast in present south central Turkey). They travel through the cities of Galatia establishing churches and yet being forced to leave each locale by jealous Jewish Judaisers. After affirming each church on the return trip, Paul and Barnabas return to Syrian Antioch to winter there and report of the spread of the Gospel to their home church (Acts 14:27-28).
Shortly after returning to his home church, Paul heard that a group of Judaisers had followed in his footsteps, adding to Paul's message of salvation and Christian living by grace through faith the requirement of circumcision and obedience to the Mosaic Law. Paul writes them a letter (Galatians, written approximately A.D. 48) to contrast enslavement to legalism with the life of freedom the believer has in Christ.
Because of Paul's experience ministering to Gentiles in Galatia, and fighting the inroads of Jewish legalism in his letter to them, Paul was a valuable witness in the counsel in Jerusalem centering on the issue whether Gentiles had to be circumcised and otherwise obey the Law of Moses to be saved (Acts 15). Paul, Barnabas and those from Jerusalem were entrusted to carry the decision of the counsel to encourage the churches in other regions.
Jay A. Quine has served as a pastor for 16 years in Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Jay Quine has served as the Chair of the Master of Divinity Program, and Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University. Later, Dr. Jay A. Quine served as a Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Published and honored on multiple levels and in many arenas, Dr. Jay Quine is considered to be a voice of legal authority on issues involving church and para-church Christian institutions.