St. Paul: The Journey From Saul To Paul

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Most Christians envied St. Paul or Apostle Paul because he was picked by Jesus to become an influential messenger of the gospel. Paul, who was first known as Saul of Tarsus became Paul when he saw Jesus Christ resurrected on the Damascus Road, which then he converted to Christianity. Paul was not taught the gospel, nor did he receive the gospel from anyone; he received it from the revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul is the author of 13 books of the 27 books of the New Testament Before Paul was a Christian; he was a persecutor of the Christian church. Before his conversion to Christianity, Paul was a Pharisaic Jew, and he strongly believed in following the tradition of his fathers. “For you have ...view middle of the document...

“Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God,” (1 Corinthians 15:8-9) Paul realized he did not deserve anything God gave to him, even more so after he had persecuted His church, but he knew God was merciful and had mercy on him.

There is some debate on whether Paul saw the physical Jesus after his resurrection, or did God only revel the spirit of Jesus to Paul. “Paul says that God was pleased to reveal his son ‘en emoi,’ which can be translated either ‘to me’ or ‘in me.’ (Schmisek 79) Those are two Greek words that do not indicate that Paul actually means he had an actual encounter with the physical risen body of Jesus. The Greek phrase “en emoi,” is used 14 different times in Paul’s letters, which usually mean “in me” or “in my case.” ( Schmisek 79) In one argument, Paul claims “God revealing Jesus through him,” and some think this requires that first Jesus be revealed to him.

When Paul wrote his last letter from Rome, he encountered a new problem in the churches. The church was only emphasizing the importance of salvation through grace, and some of the members of the church had forgotten the importance of the love of one’s neighbor. So in one of Paul’s final prison letters, he focuses on the importance of “good works.” We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for...

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