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Paul of Tarsus

Who Was Paul?

Paul of Tarsus was a prominent figure in the early Christian church. Originally named Saul, he was a zealous persecutor of Christians before experiencing a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus. After his conversion, he became a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and spent his life spreading the teachings of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean region. Paul is credited with writing many letters, or epistles, in the New Testament Bible. His teachings on grace, faith, and salvation have profoundly influenced Christian theology. 

Before Paul's Conversion

Before Paul's conversion to Christianity, he was a devout Jew and well-educated in the Old Testament and Jewish law and customs, which later helped him in his ministry to Jews and Gentiles. Paul's teacher, Gamaliel, was a highly respected Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. It's hard to imagine a devout Jew such as Paul converting to Christianity, but in one moment, his life drastically changed when, on his way to Damascus, Jesus spoke to him and struck him blind. Paul, at the time Saul was blind for about three days until the Lord sent someone to heal and minister to him (Jesus resurrected three days later).

"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." (Acts 9:3-5)

Paul Was A Leader Of The Faith

Paul became one of the most influential and prolific writers of the New Testament. His letters, or epistles, to the early Christian churches, provided guidance and instruction on faith and Christian living. Paul's teachings emphasized the importance of faith in Jesus Christ, love for one another, and the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Despite persecution and imprisonment, Paul remained faithful and never stopped preaching the gospel. His legacy has profoundly impacted Christianity and remains a source of inspiration for believers today. Among many of Paul's messages to Christians, he tells us to "fight the good fight of faith" (1 Timothy 6:12), remain steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the Lord's work" (1 Corinthians 15:58) and Paul also stated in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith".

We Must Remain Faithful

Following in Paul's footsteps, we as Christians must also remain steadfast in our faith. Despite the world's downward spiral and the challenges and hardships we may face, we must persevere and stay strong in our beliefs. In doing so, we can receive the same crown of righteousness that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 4:8, "which will be given by the Lord, the righteous judge, not just to Paul but to all those who love his appearing."

 "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:8

And Steadfast

My fellow Christian brothers and sisters, let us remain steadfast in our faith. We should pray for each other and offer support as we approach the Lord's coming. Although it may be scary and challenging, if we remain faithful, we will receive the crown of life we earnestly desire. Therefore, let us not give up hope. Remember that Jesus loves us, and He is our only hope.

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13

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