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Of all the apostle, Paul has the greatest accomplishment in the Lord's church, but what make him different from the apostle before him? What were the first apostles role before the Church established in Jerusalem in 33 AD?

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  1. On 4/17/2015 3:17:42 PM GeoCook Said:

    You asked two questions and I am going to respond as the events happened.
    What were the first Apostles role before the Church established in Jerusalem in 33 AD?

    In John 10 we see the first 12 apostles, their names and duties.  Jesus sent them out to the Jews first, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils, and spreading the news that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    He warned them they would be persecuted and scourged for his sake.  They were to not worry about what they would say for the Holy Ghost would speak for them. From this we understand the New Testament was written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. We could not ask for better credentials!

    Later, in Acts 1, we see the qualifications for a replacement apostle include that he traveled with Jesus from his baptism by John to his crucifixion. 

    Of all the apostle(s), Paul has the greatest accomplishment in the Lord's church, but what make(s) him different from the apostle(s) before him?

    In the case of Paul, he was an apostle yet did not travel with Christ.  He was legitimate because he was not a replacement, he was not voted in by the others. God Himself personally selected Saul!

     In Acts 22 Luke wrote of how God Himself had chosen Saul to be a witness (teacher) to all men.   After his name was changed from Saul to Paul we see in Eph. 3:3-5 Paul writes that by revelation God “made known unto me” the mystery. So when you read you may understand where he received his knowledge. 

    His qualifications include his prior experience as a Pharisee, knowledgeable in the ways of that sect.  The Pharisees were a strictly legal party among the Jews.  In their zeal for the Law they almost deified it and the attitude became merely external, formal, and mechanical. They were more concerned with the formal correctness of actions, not upon the righteousness of an action. This was in direct confrontation with the life and teaching of Christ.  Paul, as a sudden Christian could contribute to Christianity by directly addressing the Pharisees on their level. Also, some believe Paul wrote the Book of Hebrews.

    He was also a Roman citizen, speaking Greek and Hebrew. Thus he could travel freely and be understood by everyone in that part of the world. We see by education and experience augmented by the Spirit of God he was well suited to teach the world the ways of Christ. 


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