The Conversion of Paul
Today’s lesson dealt with the significance of Saul’s conversion for us as Christians today. As we recognize that we are so far away from the actual events that happened in the 1st century, are there any evidences that what we believe happened, really did?
Granting for the moment, the accuracy of the Biblical text, there is some evidence to be found in the life of Saul, latter known as the Apostle Paul. (I say granting for the moment, not because I doubt the Biblical texts but doing an in depth study on the reliability of the manuscripts would take more time and space than we can deal with today. Another time, perhaps.
What was it that caused Saul to completely change from a zealous persecutor of the Lord’s church to a ferocious, staunch supporter and proclaimer of the Gospel message? It helps for us to see the beginning of Saul’s life. In several passages, Paul recounts his past life, or Luke records things about his life that let us see:
- Saul was in agreement with the stoning of Stephen
- Saul was an avid persecutor of those who professed faith in Jesus Christ.
- He had studied at the feet of the well respected Gamaliel
- He was advancing in the traditions of Judaism
- He felt he had to do many things against the Way.
Suddenly, we notice that he is no longer persecuting the church. Rather, he is fighting for and on behalf of the church. What explains this change? Perhaps fame or fortune?
- His life as a Christian, however, was filled with dangers and uncertainties.
- He didn’t want people calling themselves by his name.
- He was imprisoned, shipwrecked, beaten, stoned.
Either he was a liar or a madman but neither of those seem to fit the life of Paul after his conversion. The evidence would seem to indicate that Paul really did see the risen Lord. He serves a good argument in Christian Apologetics.
The audio lesson is here
Posted on December 4, 2011, in Christianity, Faith and tagged apologetics, Christian evidences, christianity, conversion, faith, martyr, Paul's conversion, Resurrection. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.