Bible Meaning: Orient
Strong's Concordance #G773
Asia, in the New Testament, refers to the Roman province on the far western side of Asia Minor. It included such regions (from north to south) as Mysia, Phygia (which it shared with Galatia), Lydia and finally Caria in the south. The wealthy capital of the province was the port city of Ephesus.
Cities within Asia included the famous seven churches of Revelation, as well as Miletus, Troas, Colosse and Hierapolis. Most of the the islands on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea, such as Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Cos, Rhodes and Patmos were considered a part of the province.
Those from Asia were in Jerusalem on Pentecost in 30 A.D. when God poured out his spirit on more than 3,100 people (Acts 2). It was one of the five provinces the Apostle Paul focused most of his evangelism efforts during his thirty-five year ministry. Paul visited Asia during his second and third missionary journeys.
Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia
Acts 19:10, 26
And this continued by the space of two years: so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks . . .
Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
Acts 20:4, 16
And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea: and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus: and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus: and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus . . .
For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me: of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come: and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne: