There is this belief that the apostle Paul was, in fact, not a apostle but instead, a false apostle. I mean, whaaaaaaaaaaa……?
These people will not take Paul’s letters as evidence for his apostleship, so now I will show you, reader of this blog post somewhere on the internet, that he was, in fact, a true apostle. Let us dive in, to explore the Bible.
- Paul’s conversion. Paul’s conversion is documented in Acts 9, 22 and 26. Here’s the most detailed one, Acts 9:1 “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 “And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 “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.
6 “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 “And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 “And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 “And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 “And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 “And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 “Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 “And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17 “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 “And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 “And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 “But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22 “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.”
First of all, Paul was a mean old man, killing the Saints of God everywhere he went. Then, all of a sudden, he was preaching the Gospel. Why? Because he was a true apostle. Time to look at evidence, number 2!
- Paul was a true apostle because Jesus made him one. Yes, Jesus made Paul an apostle. I kid you not. Please read the following verses:
“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he (i.e, Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:”
“And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.”
Do you wish to argue with the Lord? I hope not. Time for number 3!
- Almost the entire book of Acts shows that Paul was a true apostle, because it speaks of Paul as a Born Again Christian. Seriously, read the book. It is incredible.
- The other apostles agreed with Paul that the Law cannot save you from God’s wrath. Acts chapter 15 gives us an insight into the tension between the Jews and the Christians. In short, there was some Jews who said that, “…Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1. So Paul and Barnabas went to talk to the other Apostles about this. After stopping off in Phenice and Samaria, “…declaring the conversion of the Gentiles:…” and causing, “…great joy unto all the brethren” (Acts 15:3) they got to Jerusalem, where the other apostles were. Here’s what happened:
4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.” So you see here that Paul and Barnabas got to Jerusalem and told the apostles and elders about what the Jews were saying. Let’s see what happens, shall we? Acts 15:7-11, 7 “And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” A little further it says this: Acts 15:24-26,24 “Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It not only says that the apostles never said that we are saved by the Law but also that Paul and Barnabas had, “hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So you see that Paul was most certainly a true apostle, chosen by God to preach the Gospel.
These people do what the apostle Peter said:
2 Peter 3:15-16
15 “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”