“When I came
The gospel of Christ,
A door was opened
In the Lord.”
Ἐλθὼν δὲ εἰς τὴν Τρῳάδα εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ θύρας μοι ἀνεῳγμένης ἐν Κυρίῳ,
Paul said that when he came to Troas (Ἐλθὼν δὲ εἰς τὴν Τρῳάδα) to preach the gospel of Christ (εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ Χριστοῦ), a door (καὶ θύρας) was opened to him (μοι ἀνεῳγμένης) in the Lord (ἐν Κυρίῳ). Troas was an ancient Greek city named after Alexander the Great, situated on the Aegean Sea near the northern tip of Turkey’s western coast, about 200 miles north of Ephesus and about 100 miles south of Philippi. This was the chief port of northwest Asia Minor. In Roman times, this Roman colony was a free and autonomous city with a population of about 100,000, a significant port for travelling between Anatolia and Europe. Paul sailed for Macedonia from Troas in Acts, chapter 16:11, and he preached at Troas in Acts, chapter 20:7-12. There was no indication of what happened at Troas or what this door that opened was. There certainly was a Christian community there. Do you take advantage of new opportunities?