The Life of Paul
The life of Paul is an example of how GOD
CHOOSES PEOPLE with relevant and outstanding qualifications to
successfully achieve specific goals.
There are a number of examples of this in history. MOSES
WAS CHOSEN because of his unique combination of early life
experience in Pharaoh's court and outstanding leadership qualities. Few in
Israel at that time would have been able to achieve what Moses achieved.
Before Moses, JOSEPH
WAS CHOSEN by God because of his outstanding abilities which came
to the fore when he was accepted as a great administrator, in the land of Egypt
and was instrumental in rescuing his people. None of his brothers appeared to
have the qualities required.
PAUL came from a well to do family in Tarsus
and WAS WELL EDUCATED AS A JEW, "at the feet of" an
eminent lawyer of the time, Gamaliel, and was a Pharisee. He was involved in the
early opposition to the followers of Christ and he was present at the stoning of
the early martyr, Stephen ...(Acts 8:1).
In fact he was going to Damascus to round up more followers
of Jesus Christ in order to bring them back, bound to Jerusalem when HE
WAS OVERWHELMED BY THE POWER OF GOD and suddenly there shined
about him a light from heaven, "and as he fell to the earth , a voice
said ,Saul, Saul. why persecutest thou me?".... (Acts 9:3-5).
After his 'conversion ' the Christians were fearful of him
and would not have contact with him (understandably), until one Ananias, was
told to go to him.... "FOR HE (PAUL) IS A CHOSEN VESSEL UNTO ME, TO
BEAR MY NAME BEFORE THE GENTILES AND KINGS. AND THE CHILDREN OF
After this dramatic change in his life's direction he had a
lot to learn, but he did not learn from contact with other Christians but rather
from Gods revelation over a three year period in Arabia (Galatians 1:17-18.).
Paul himself said, "For I neither received it of man, neither was I
taught it....but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."..(Gal 1:12)
A number of the others who preached the Christian faith were
simple fishermen, but Paul was educated in the Law of Moses. He
knew the Plan of Salvation as revealed to Abraham, and now he understood that
Christ was the culmination of the promises made to King David.. (II Samuel
Paul journeyed widely throughout the Roman world, but
everywhere he went, he always went to the Synagogue first and preached to his
people. Many believed but often he was forced to flee from their wrath. He also
preached to the Greeks or Gentiles in these cities and so HIS CONVERTS
USUALLY INCLUDED BOTH JEWS AND GREEKS.
On the many occasions when he spoke to these Jewish audiences
he tried to show them what had been miraculously revealed to him - THAT
JESUS WAS THE LONG PROMISED MESSIAH.
At the end of his life, after he had appealed to Caesar and had been sent to
Rome under detention, he spoke to the Jews and other believers there about
Christ. His last observation recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, on an
occasion when some of the Jews he spoke to, still believed not, was to quote
from Isaiah the old but prophetic words... "Well spake the Holy
Spirit by Isaiah the Prophet unto our fathers, saying, Go unto this people and
say, Hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand: and seeing ye shall see,
and not perceive."....(Acts 28:25-26.....cited from Isaiah 6:9-10).