Outside of Jesus Christ, there may not be a more important figure in Christianity other than St. Paul the Apostle. Paul was at one point a persecutor of early Christians, however a revelation experience in the mid-30’s AD changed his view of the faith. He ultimately became the most prominent figure in the spread of early Christianity, as his many missions established Christian churches throughout the Roman Empire. During the time of his missions, Paul penned numerous letters to the various Christian communities that he had helped establish. Pauline writings were the earliest of the New Testament writings, and ultimately comprise a third of the New Testament. One letter of particular interest when studying the theology of Paul and the early
Paul was Christian who had converted from Judaism. While on his way to Damascus he was thrown from his horse and spoken to by God “While I was on my way to and approaching Damascus, about noon a great light from the heaven suddenly shone upon me” (Text pg. 34). Afterwards Paul who had been previously known as Saul of Tarsus, the city he was from, then went to the desert to reflect on ways and returned to preach the gospels of Jesus. Paul would then go on to travel thousands of miles and through his travels to places such as Cyprus, Attalia, Perga, Athens, Corinth, Macedonia and many others , he spread Christian belief to thousands. He wrote letters to the Ephesians, Romans, Corinthians and many others, that would then be passed on and spread for many miles more.
Commentary on Paul’s
Epistle to the Ephesians 2
Jupiter Christian School
Mr. Bryan White
Paul, also known as Saul, was an apostle of God who wrote the book of Ephesians and was sent to set up churches for Him. He changed his name from Saul to Paul because he wanted to start his life over, follow God, and live for Him. He wanted to start over because he was known as a man who persecuted Christians.
Then later came a disciple to the Gentiles. His name was Saul. When he was converted the lord renamed him Paul. A large portion of the book of Acts is dedicated to the apostle Paul. He had all the traits of a disciple. He was born Hebrew. He was educated, extensive training, he was a Pharisee, knowledge of the Hebrew laws and faith. In the beginning Paul relied on himself to complete Gods missions. He went through harsh trials and training. The Holy Spirit had to break down Paul 's personal aspiration. Paul laid down his own will for the will of God. Later Paul ends up in prison. Even though Paul was chained, the Gospel of Christ was unbounded. Paul wrote letters to different churches. Those letters helped strengthen and build the Church. If he would of never been imprisoned, many letters would 've been
Paul of Tarsus, a significant person in Christianity can be said to have reformed and revitalised the Christian tradition and as such the statement “men, women + the schools of thought have reformed and for revitalised the Christian tradition is accrued. Paul had an immense impact on Christianity and is primarily responsible for the racial and geographical spread of Christianity as well as the evolution o Christian theology. This revitalisation of the Christian faith following the death of Jesus Christ is complemented by his reformation of the Christian understanding of love, which heavily impacted the Christian understanding of marriage Paul of Tarsus was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin and trained Pharisee, studding under the high priest
Welcome back to the Men’s Huddle Bible study as we continue to look at the second missionary journey of the apostle Paul and his companions. Last week, we looked at the first half of Paul’s second trip. Paul and his companions faced opposition and were even thrown in jail, but that did not stop them from spreading the Word of the Lord. We left off where Paul and his companions went to Lydia’s house before they left. This morning open your Bibles to Acts, chapter 17. Follow along as I read the first 10 verses:
Philippians is one of Paul’s four prison epistles, whereas like Ephesians, Paul wrote to the Philippians from a Roman prison. He begins his letter in Philippians 1:12-14, “Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the good news. For everyone here, including the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become bolder in telling others about Christ.” Paul continued to express the seriousness of his circumstances in Philippians 1:19-26, where he speculates about the fate of his future, whether he would live or be executed. While imprisoned in Rome, Paul received a visitor name Epaphroditis. Epaphroditis was a member of the church in Philippi, who was sent to Rome to deliver a financial gift from the church to Paul and to learn of his circumstances and upcoming trial in prison. There are
To describe the life of Saul of Tarsus is to pursue the question: “How did this zealous Jew, Saul the Pharisee, who by his own admission had been an active persecutor, a hater, of the early Jesus-movement, suddenly emerge as a fervent follower of the risen Christ?”. For the sake of understanding, Paul’s life can be neatly separated into three distinct stages: his identity prior to his conversion experience, his conversion experience, and his life as a follower of Jesus. In the following pages, these stages of life will be dissected to obtain a firm grip on the person of Paul. The Apostle Paul used his Jewish training and identity to disseminate the Gospel of Jesus Christ deep into Europe and Asia Minor. Seeing that he rejected many traditional
St. Paul did not believe that the gospel was limited to the Jews. St. Paul believes that inside an eschatological community, men and women are equal (Gal 3:27). He believes judgements are nullified by baptism. St. Paul believed that Jesus revealed to him, through God, so that he could spread the gospel among the gentiles (Gal 1:16-17). St. Paul write that God’s promise to Abraham had been fulfilled through Jesus Christ, the law was now lifted and was no longer needed. St. Paul then proclaimed that gentiles were to become followers of Christianity, and under no circumstance were they obligated by Mosaic Law. On the other hand, they were required to have faith and worship the one true God (Gal 3:6-13). Due to circumcision not being required any
Throughout Paul’s Case, it is undeniable that Paul was incredibly egocentric. His mannerisms and attitudes portrayed a mind that is solely focused on his own needs and desires. Not once in the story did he pause to consider the effect his actions and insolence had on those in his life, except, perhaps, to worry about a punishment he might receive. As he returned home from his job, for example, he felt no concern over his father’s worry for him, and simply dreaded the lecture he knew may receive. Too a point, a certain amount of self-serving egocentrism is typical for many people, particularly teenagers. However, Paul’s mental state was not healthy or typical. He caused discomfort and anger in his authority figures, drove his peers away, and was unable to form a connection with his family. Those that he respected and admired no longer became real people after his imagination took hold. Instead, his mind morphed them into romanticized symbols of wealth, power, and the exotic. This fantasy and his pervasive self-centeredness may have be a form of self-defense.