“Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 22 And having sent into Macedonia two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.” (Acts 19:21-22 (ESV)
So two years in Ephesus come to a close for Paul. He has spent a lot of time there and worked hard, and now that things are taking off he wants to go see his other congregations in Thessalonia and Corinth and attend some business in Jerusalem. Now he also turns his sights on Rome. We know he has been following developments in Corinth, he writes his first letter to them from Ephesus. Paul can’t stay still. But he sends his helpers on before him. He can’t seem to go either.