Paul Essay

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What does the Bible say about the life of Paul? Orientation to the Bible BBL 2003 Reverend Ellis Robertson June 19, 2012 What does the Bible say about the life of Paul? Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, said” . . . our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him – speaking of these things in all his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of the Scripture.” (2 Peter 3:15-16 New Living Translation) This is quite an amazing statement regarding Paul, considering his early activities regarding Jesus and his disciples. Prior to becoming Paul, we know of him as Saul of Tarsus: a hunter, persecutor, and murderer of Christians or followers of The Way. However, events transpire that change Saul and his outlook to something very different and he becomes an essential ally to those he treated with so much disdain. Saul: The Christian Killer When the bible first introduces Paul, it is not Paul that he is called, but Saul of Tarsus. He appears to be absolutely nothing like Paul the apostle, and it would appear that Saul would have been a direct enemy of Paul, and that assumption would be correct. Saul was present during the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7:58). He was more than just present, Saul agreed completely with the killing of Stephen because he was promoting “The Way” and spreading the Good News (Acts 6:13-14). Saul sought to destroy all followers of “The Way”, which was the early church. He traveled extensively, searching everywhere for believers; “house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison (Acts 8:3). He

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