Paul or Saul of Tarsus


Paul and Saul of Tarsus are the flip-side of the same coin. Saul of Tarsus was raised an orthodox Jew. He was sent to the best Jewish school at the time. It was the school of Gamaliel in Nazareth. Guess who was another distinguished graduate, Jesus. Saul knew Jesus. Saul pressed to become the best Pharisee around. He was reported to be on the fast track to become the leader of the Sanhedrin. He was so good that the leaders choose him to hunt down the new believers in Jesus. When Stephen was stoned to death, it was by Saul’s orders. Saul was enthusiastic about his assignment. He put to death men, women and children. He later said it himself, I was the chiefest of sinners. God didn’t give up on Saul. On his way to Damascus, Saul encountered his old classmate who was now risen from the death, Jesus. Saul was blinded by the light from heaven. Everyone saw the light but only Saul heard His voice. At that point Saul of Tarsus became the Apostle Paul. God had work for Paul to do. God brought him to the backside of a desert to teach him. Paul came back with such a force that the Sanhedrin wanted him dead. Paul literally began to do what Jesus said, that was to preach the gospel to all the world. He started in Antioch. The Armenians became the first Christians. Jews who are believers aren’t called Christians. They are called into today’s vernacular Messianic Jews. Besides the 4 gospels, Paul wrote the other books of the New Testament. If God can take Saul of Tarsus and turn into one of the leaders of the New Church. Just think He could do with you?
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