The Apostles: Silas

Silas served as a leading member of the Early Christian church. He accompanied Paul on his first and second missionary journeys and preached alongside Paul and Timothy. {2 Corinthians 1:19}

The name Silas means man of the forest and many historians believe his name originates from the Roman name Silvanus.

We first meet Silas when he’s chosen to travel with Paul.

“Then the apostles and elders with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antiochwith Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.”   Acts 15:22

Paul chosen him to again accompany him on the second missionary journey after Paul and Barnabas split. It was on his journey that the two men were briefly imprisoned in Philippi and the earthquake broke their chains and opened the prison door. {Acts 17-18}

While traveling to Thessalonica the three men were harassed and threatened. Paul separated from Silas and Timothy for their safety before the men later joined him in Corinth. {Acts 18:5}

Silas is not mentioned again after the Acts narrative, although he is listed as a co-author with Paul and Timothy of 1&2 Thessalonians. Historians believe due to the reference of Peter, he later joined him in his ministry.

Peter refers to Silas as a “faithful brother”. {1 Peter 5:12} 

One questionable tradition states Silas became Bishop of Corinth.

It is unknown what Silas’ fate was although it’s believed he was martyred.

What we do know is Silas travelled and shared the gospel.

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