Southern Wesleyan University
Dr. Howard Foster
21 June 2014
Paul who was a "Hebrew of Hebrews" (English Standard Version, Phil 3:5) was one of the most influential apostles and missionary to the Christian faith to date. Even though he was born a Jew and persecuted the Christians in his early years, God used him to bring the Word of God too many people. Paul went on three missionary trips and wrote almost half of the books in the New Testament. Facing catastrophic disasters and facing death on more that one occasion he never lost his faith and continued to teach and praise God even up to his death.
Paul's road to Christianity
Paul was born in Tarsus of Cilicia, educated under Gamaliel (Acts 22:3) Tarsus was a privileged and prosperous city located in Asia Minor. Paul was a Pharisee who lived his life by the laws that were set for them to live, he was considered a role model for other Pharisees to follow.
Also not only being a Pharisee, Paul persecuted the ekklesiai of God (Galatians 1:12). All this Changed on his was to Damascus, where he saw a light for the heavens and heard a voice that claimed to be Jesus (Acts 9:5) The light was so bright it caused him to lose his sight. Jesus tells Ananias "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel'. (Acts 9:15) When Ananias got to Paul he said "Brother Paul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road to Damascus has sent me so that you may see again, and be filled with the Holy Spirit". (Acts 9:17) He accepted his fate and was...