Men of the Bible: Apostle Paul
Saul stood by holding the coats while his minions
stoned the first Christian martyr, Stephen.
Paul was originally Saul a Jewish Pharisee (not the king, but the persecutor of Christians who lived a thousand years later).
He became Paul the Apostle after having a supernatural and powerful encounter with the invisible Jesus on the road to Damascus - he could only hear Him.
Paul was instructed about Jesus by the apostles and became a powerhouse believer and leader in the early church. He was instructed to 'go to the Gentiles' bridging the gap between Jews and Gentiles by demonstrating the way to Jesus forgiveness and salvation was open to anyone, regardless of ancestry.
Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord Jesus, went unto the high priest, desiring 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. As he journeyed coming near Damascus: suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: He fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
Saul 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."
Saul trembling and astonished said, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
The Lord said, "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
Titus 2:13; 1Thessalonians 5:17; Matthew 6:7; Psalm 33:12
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2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
Isaiah 26:3; Philippines 4:6
7-8-21-21, Israel has only 8000 square miles of land - the Muslims have 5 million. Yet, they also want the Jews land. Of all the nations of the world, the Lord chose the descendants of Jacob [Jews], not Ishmael [Muslims], to be His covenant people - the descendants of Abraham and wife Sarah. (Genesis 17:19-21; Malachi 1:1–5).
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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