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Why Was Paul Chosen

Can anyone tell me why Jesus chose Paul to be his Apostle when Paul wasn't even a follower of Christ when he was chosen?

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Paul was CHOSEN BY GOD to be an appostle to the GENTILES. Jesus Himself struck Paul down on the road to demascus. Paul spent 14 years on the back side of a Mountain being taught BY GOD the deeper meanings of not only John 17, ( THE CHURCH), but that GENTILES too were now included, and by what OT scripures that prophesied Gentiles would be included.

If it had been left up to teh original 12, less Judas, who knows what a mess that would have been, seeing even Peter was wishy washy on Gentiles/and Grace alone..Galatians.

Thank you God for Choosing Paul to bring all of us those most marvelous epistles of Christ in you, the Hope of Glory!
---kathr4453 on 11/20/10


Barb, if as you say Jesus did not need Paul, as His work on earth was finished:

1) Then He would not need any apostles after his ascension would He?

2) Then what is Acts chapter 9 about? What did Jesus mean by "This man(Paul) is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel"?
---Warwick on 11/19/10


Whats with this "hate on Paul" cult stuff nowadays?

The man was led by the Holy SPirit and wrote 3/4 of the New Testament....
---JackB on 11/20/10


The word of God is clear in the book of Acts that Paul was indeed chosen of Christ.
It is dangerous territory to teach contrary to the written word.
---Frank on 11/20/10


In John 17:4>>Jesus was talking about being glorified with the Father. Had nothing to do with Paul. Now, lets go over to Romans 2:16>>>Paul preached the truth, yes, yes, he did. And here is what he was saying, my friends. "But Jew and Gentiles alike must face a day of judgment WITH GOD" That is no lie. Paul is not a liar, but, you are barb. On judgment day I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. God uses people, He used Paul, made him famous among the church. Paul, also knew that he didn't deserve to be called into apostle hood. He knew it....Why make Scriptures, any Scriptures out to be a lie? Dangerous ground you are walking on? Why make them complicated, too?
---catherine on 11/20/10




\\Paul claims the title of apostle but he was not.\\

Paul says in his Epistles that He was called by God--not man--to be an apostle.

So you don't believe him?

What else in the NT do you not believe?
---Cluny on 11/20/10


// Paul by his own admission preaches a different gospel. Rom 2:16.
---barb on 11/19/10 //
At least you see that Paul preached a different gospel.
Rom. 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN
explain these verses
Jn 13:20 Acts 9:15 2Pet 3:15,16,
---michael_e on 11/20/10


Jesus did not choose Paul to be His apostle. Jesus chose twelve and Paul was not one of the twelve. If Jesus wanted Paul to be his apostle as Paul claims then why did Jesus totally ignore Paul when He (Jesus) was in the world?

Paul claims the title of apostle but he was not. Everyone seems to think that Jesus did not complete his work on earth and therefore Paul was sent. Read John 17:4. Jesus is telling us that He finished his work on earth. So where is the need for Paul? Paul by his own admission preaches a different gospel. Rom 2:16.
---barb on 11/19/10


1st_cliff: "Steveng, Let me put it this way= ..."

It just goes to show that christians, save a few, don't know or are confused about the truth - especially during these end-times when a strong delusion is poured out unto the world when christians think they are christian but are not. Christians interpret the bible using worldly knowledge. Christians today are just too educated as they analyze every verse and every word of the bible using worldly knowledge, but miss the spritual meaning and, in turn, denying the true power of God - the power of doing miracles greater than Jesus.
---Steveng on 11/19/10


Steveng, Let me put it this way= The Holy Spirit tells one person that Once saved always saved, same HS tells another ,you can lose your salvation,
or -baptism is necessary
baptism is not necessary
speaking in tongues is a must
speaking in tongues is evil
the soul sleeps
there's no such thing as soul sleep.
The holy Spirit tells you whatever you want to believe . (imagination is a wonderful thing)
---1st_cliff on 11/19/10




2Ti 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
Eph 6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
---micha9344 on 11/18/10


1st_cliff: "Steveng, You're contending that sheer numbers of KJV ,the most popular bible of all times proves that HS guided it's writing??"

And in the end, God will pour out his spirit. Do you understand what the Holy Spirit says?
---Steveng on 11/18/10


///If all the Manuscripts previous to the insertion by a scribe possibly around 400-600ad. do NOT show this Phrase \\"to the saints which are at Ephesus,".//

John what Bible do you use, that changes the phrase?
---michael_e on 11/18/10


Michael,

If all the Manuscripts previous to the insertion by a scribe possibly around 400-600ad. do NOT show this Phrase \\"to the saints which are at Ephesus,".

Then we can easily conclude that the Orginal text did not have this either since that is where these manusrcipt came from.

Also some of the earlier manuscripts were titled "Laodicean". A letter that was reference in COL 4:16.

Note also Paul had many frinds in Ephesus, yet the letter greets NONE of them! Something not done.

It's very simple logic.

---John on 11/18/10


In other words, John, you cannot substantiate your claim that a monk (whom you do not name) made an interpolation into the Epistle to the Ephesians (at time and place you do not specify).
---Cluny on 11/17/10


Steveng, You're contending that sheer numbers of KJV ,the most popular bible of all times proves that HS guided it's writing??
More than a billion Muslims believe the Quran,does that prove something?
The millions of Hindus that believe the "Vedas" , does that prove something?
The millions who believe the Book of Mormon,consider it "inspired"
Like I say ,satan never sleeps!
Does "I believe it" make it so??
---1st_cliff on 11/17/10


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You said,
//There's more than enough evidence to conclude the letter was NOT in any way written to the Ephesians. This is not even in contention by scholars but factual.//
Then you said,
//Since (as you well know) we have no "Proof" of who, what, or where these were written.//

Original question was
"Do you have an original text?"
Your answer was
"YES!"

Then you say,
//There are NO orginal Texts in existance!//

Why would you try to prove the Bible wrong anyway?
---michael_e on 11/17/10


Who is the monk who added this? When? Where?
Can you tell us, John?
---Cluny on 11/17/10

An earlier text and an ORIGINAL text aren't the same
---michael_e on 11/17/10

Allow me to expose the LUNACY of your contentions.

There are NO orginal Texts in existance!

And your silly questions can then be also asked for

1) EVERY BOOK IN THE BIBLE
2) EVERY CHAPTER IN THE BIBLE
3) EVERY VERSE IN THE BIBLE
4) EVERY WORD IN THE BIBLE
5) EVERY LETTER IN THE BIBLE

Since (as you well know) we have no "Proof" of who, what, or where these were written.

NOW DO WE???
---John on 11/17/10


Abp. Dmitri (Royster), an Orthodox bishop now retired, said that the earliest texts date from the time of the Chrisological controversies, and could have been doctored by heretics.

This is one reason why he prefers the so-called Received Text or the Byzantine Text over that which is commonly called the Alexandrian Text.
---Cluny on 11/17/10


\\"to the saints which are at Ephesus,"

This was not in the orginal text, but was added later by a monk. \\

Who is the monk who added this? When? Where?

Can you tell us, John?
---Cluny on 11/17/10


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//Do you have an original text?
YES!
The very earliest texts//

An earlier text and an ORIGINAL text aren't the same

---michael_e on 11/17/10


//This was not in the orginal text, but was added later by a monk//

Do you have an original text?
If not what website gave you the idea it was not in the original text?
---michael_e on 11/16/10

YES!
The very earliest texts have Titled this letter "LAODICEANS".

REF: MARCIAN CODEX.

But besides earlier texts calling it Laodicean. There's more than enough evidence to conclude the letter was NOT in any way written to the Ephesians. This is not even in contention by scholars but factual.

There is also much conclusive evidence it was in fact written to Laodicea.

On the latter issue you have more evidence than you do on most of the other Pauline Letters.
---John on 11/16/10


Like I said, there are Paulites and there are Christians,if you chose to follow Paul (and his immortal soul lie) that's your prerogative .
I chose Christ and His "resurrection of the dead" (not dead bodies) truth!
Satan never sleeps! Ez.18.4.
---1st_cliff on 11/17/10


1st_cliff: "Both Luke and Paul quote Jesus altho never having met Him in person! ...Who told Luke this parable? Lots of smoke and mirrors and slight-of-hands here!"

The only smoke and mirrors and slight-of-hands is what Satan has on you. Have you consider that the Holy Spirit revealed these quotes? It is written that the Holy Spirit will bring to memory anything you learned or what God reveals. Most people/christians believe that the KJV bible was written by several dozen men. Satan wants you to believe that it was just men who created the KJV bible. But it was the Holy Spirit that guided the decisions and actions that brought these men together to create the most popular of all bibles throughout all of history.
---Steveng on 11/16/10


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//Paul chose himself as an apostle,on the road to Damascas-1st_cliff on 11/16/10//

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, (Ananias) 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:

By your account, either the Lord, Ananias, or Paul are liars, or maybe all three, right?
Where do you suppose Paul got the revelation for the body of Christ,he must have made that up himself as it is not mentioned in any other scripture.
So by not believing Paul's writings, you can't possibly be a member of the body of Christ.
---michael_e on 11/16/10


Paul chose himself as an apostle,on the road to Damascas ,the alleged incident with Christ,no one but Paul "heard" the conversation, who can verify his "being chosen"?
Luke wrote Acts but he was Paul's convert,(and a Greek Gentile) Kind of convenient don't you think?
Both Luke and Paul quote Jesus altho never having met Him in person! Like the "rich man and Lazarus". Who told Luke this parable? Lots of smoke and mirrors and slight-of-hands here!
Fundamentalist's view= Let's not question anything, it is "written"!
---1st_cliff on 11/16/10


//This was not in the orginal text, but was added later by a monk//

Do you have an original text?
Have you seen an original text?
Do you know anyone who has seen an original text?
If not what website gave you the idea it was not in the original text?
---michael_e on 11/16/10


Paul's epistles set his position as the "Grace-giver" for this dispensation.
Eph. 3:1-3

A personal revelation from Christ gave Paul a new revelation about God's secret purpose in the dispensation of grace. Rom.15:15,16

Recognizing the special place committed to Paul in the program of God simply honors his God-given position as "our apostle."


During His earthly ministry, Christ or the twelve didn't minister to the Gentiles as such. Christ came to minister to the nation Israel.
Rom.15:8"Now I say that JESUS CHRIST WAS A MINISTER OF THE CIRCUMCISION FOR THE TRUTH OF GOD, TO CONFIRM THE PROMISES MADE UNTO THE FATHERS."
This verse can open your understanding of God's Word:
---michael_e on 11/16/10


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The major problem many have with the Apostle Paul is that they simply do not understand the difference between law and grace. Some even think that if you are not under the law, you have the freedom to sin,howbeit Paul never taught that -
see Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin, how can we live in it any longer?

But they also fail to understand that the Christian is not required to be circumcised according to the law, nor does he have to observe laws that are strictly Jewish in nature (the Levitical food laws, the OT sabbath, the national festivals, etc.)
---leej on 11/16/10


Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
---micha9344 on 11/16/10

"to the saints which are at Ephesus,"

This was not in the orginal text, but was added later by a monk.

It was then thought the letter was written to Ephesus because it was found there. But Ephesus was just a depository for many letters of Saul.

We now know that it was a cyclical letter to be passed to all the churches. Since it had NO greetings to his friends at Ephesus.

We also know it was sent to the Laodiceans as Saul reference this letter in Col 4:16. Both letters were written at the same time.


---John on 11/16/10


Can anyone tell me why Jesus chose Paul to be his Apostle when Paul wasn't even a follower of Christ when he was chosen?

It is called the sovereignty of God.
That he has chooen everyone to be saved, but he and he alone chooses who will do a special work for him.

Romans 9:11 (For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth,)
---francis on 11/16/10


//When Jesus sent out the 70 evangelists did they have Pauls words?? Did they have the NT? How could they possibly preach of salvation without Paul??..But they did//

Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only
---michael_e on 11/16/10


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//If Paul deceived us, then Jesus did too.
---aka on 11/15/10//

Amen
---michael_e on 11/16/10


Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
---micha9344 on 11/16/10


Do a Bible study about Paul and learn the real Truth.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/10


//Don't be deceived by Paul. Follow the words of Jesus Christ...//

who evidently was not done with His revelation to us witnessed by Luke, who was one of the eleven remaining first hand witnesses of Jesus.

If Paul deceived us, then Jesus did too.
---aka on 11/15/10


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Notice that Ephesus is the ONLY one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation that Paul wrote to.
---barb on 11/14/10

EXCEPT... He NEVER Wrote a Letter to the Ephesians!

The letter you see in the Bible was incorrectly labeled "Ephesians" The letter was written to the Laodicians.

Peter confirmed his writings as scripture (2 Peter 3:15-16)and all the 12 Apostles (and disciples as well) confirmed his Apostleship.

PS: He never changed his name. Paul is just Latin/Greek for Saul.
---John on 11/15/10


Do an online KJV bible search for the name "Paul" and learn.
---Steveng on 11/15/10


When Jesus sent out the 70 evangelists did they have Pauls words?? Did they have the NT?
How could they possibly preach of salvation without Paul??..But they did!
What we have here are "Paulites" sounding like Christians. Believing the lie of the soul's immortality ..Jesus said to the Pharisees "You are from your father the devil...father of the lie"Jn.8.44
As the serpent told eve "you will NOT surely die"Gen.3.4
---1st_cliff on 11/15/10


Eloy, good points! AMEN!
You who oppose Paul, do you also oppose the book of Luke? Luke, the beloved physician who wrote the book of Luke by inspiration of God also wrote the book of Acts. The book of Acts is a historical account of the spread of the Gospel. Luke tells us how Paul and the rest of the Apostles of Jesus Christ worked together. It is my opinion that if you oppose the Apostle Paul you are on dangerous ground. In fact I would go so far as to say that's heresy.
---trey on 11/15/10


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//Was Paul chosen? All we have are his own words saying so.//

Try finding the body of Christ or salvation without his words

John 13:20... He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me,...

Acts 9:15 ...he(Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

2 Pet.3:15 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,
---michael_e on 11/15/10


Barb,
I would hope that you would reconsider statements such as "don't be deceived by Paul" as it is dangerous territory to speak against any man of God that may truly be anointed of God.
Some of the books in the New Testament were copied from Paul's writings by those of his day.
The Apostle Peter also bore witness to Paul saying some of the things he spake were hard to be understood for their depth.
The word of God speaks of the prophets as holy men of God that spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The same holds true of those chosen as Apostles.
Paul's words may appear to go against Jesus at times to a carnal mind but when revealed by the Spirit they do not.
May God bless.
---Frank on 11/15/10


Amen Barb, there "is" a difference!
---1st_cliff on 11/15/10


Was Paul chosen? All we have are his own words saying so. Read Rev. 2:2. Notice that Ephesus is the ONLY one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation that Paul wrote to. Now read 2nd Tim 1:15. All Asia had turned away from Paul. Ephesus was one of those Asian churches.

Don't be deceived by Paul. Follow the words of Jesus Christ. John 5:43.
---barb on 11/14/10


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People on here think that satan is really stupid!
When Jesus ascended the Christians were like sheep without a shepherd,what a golden opportunity to distract them from their mission. Installing a Pharisee to lead them and convince them that the soul is immortal (absent from the body..etc) is all that was needed ,a little "leaven"so that now most believe the "lie"!
Writing 1/2 the NT was the "icing " on the cake!
How long did satan wait before corrupting Adam?
When Jesus left he said "HO Hum?" naw!
"Angel of light?"
---1st_cliff on 11/14/10


The Scriptural answer to this question is not hard to find.
Rom. 11:13 "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office"

Paul says, "I magnify mine office." Clearly Paul was not exalting himself. He magnified His God-given office as "the apostle of the Gentiles." Far from magnifying Paul, to speak about and magnify the fact that he is God's chosen apostle for today is to make much of that which God Himself magnifies: the office that Jesus Christ gave to Paul--and the ministry and message He gave to us through him.
---michael_e on 11/12/10


//He (the Apostle Paul) is a witness against all arogant and self righteous Christians, both Jew and Gentile.

Very true, and it is the self-righteous in particular, that advocates the keeping of laws, not in the least heeding the lessons Paul gave us in Galatains that the law was but a tutor to lead us to faith in Christ.

The righteous shall live by faith.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
---leej on 11/11/10


Abraham was chosen in uncircumcision. A type and shadow of circumcision of the heart.
We are called in unbelief because we have nothing to glory in. Paul likewise. All he lost he counted as dung.
Paul was chosen as he was faithful and zealous in what he did believe.
He also shows the Apostle unto the Gentiles was a Jew and that even the best taught Gentile Christian is ignorant by comparrison to him. He is a witness against all arogant and self righteous Christians, both Jew and Gentile.
---Frank on 11/11/10


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Who are the wine skins?
---Homer on 11/10/10

Matthew 9:17)
"Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.


The New Wine Skins are the Lord's disciples and the Old Wine Skins are the teachers of the Law.

Who was it, when Jesus ascended into Heaven, that preserved the Truth, the Truth which brought Life to the world?
It was not the Pharisee's, it was the Lord's disciples.

You can read in (Acts 15 & 23) and see what would have happened to the Wine, if Jesus had given it to the Pharisee's.
---David on 11/11/10


Paul was chosen to introduce the Gospel of Grace to the BoC
Rom 16:25 1 Cor 2:7 Eph. 3:3,4 Eph. 3:9 Eph. 5:32 Eph. 6:19 Col.1:26,27
---michael_e on 11/10/10


David, if the Old Patch is Paul, what are the old and new wine skins in the parable?
---Homer on 11/10/10


Paul was an expert in the Jewish law, and he was famous to the Jews and to the Romans, in that he had Christians arrested and persecuted. And what better way to show God's power to all than to take a high-profile enemy of the church, and convert him into a main leader of the church: he became that very thing he hated, a Christian, and he also wrote a large part of the New Testament scriptures for the church.
---Eloy on 11/10/10


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So my answer would be that you would use a patch from the same cloth to fix an old garment.
---Homer on 11/9/10

Correct!
The garment in the parable, represents the covenant God made with the children of Abraham, a covenant that was in need of repair.

Paul(Old patch) was excepted by the Jews as a teacher, because he was an educated teacher of the Law, the Disciples(New Patch) were not excepted by the Jews as teachers.

So God took one from amongst the ones the Jews did except, and that's when the Church really started to take root.
The sheep will follow those they have made shepards.
---David on 11/10/10


//it takes a person going through a supernatural experience to believe like Paul. //

i totally agree. notice the 1/2. that means there is a 2/2 that I did not have time to get to yet. it takes a supernatural experience for any of us to believe like Paul.

Php 3
Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Supernatural.
---aka on 11/9/10


aka: "In most Drug and alcohol programs, the facilitators /counselors had to have been recovered addicts. Who better to empathize and have compassion on another addict."

Does a doctor need to have cancer to treat a cancer patient? Does a parent need to be a parent before they become a parent?

Anyone can become a christian, but it is those who are chosen by God to speak on God's behalf. God speaks through those who strongly believe and love him. Many people go to a christian college or attend a church and learn about God, but it takes a person going through a supernatural experience to believe like Paul.
---Steveng on 11/9/10


Paul claimed on his own to be chosen by God. That doesn't mean he actually was chosen.
---Juanito on 11/9/10


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because it was his will. Its that simple.
---larry on 11/9/10


Apostle Peter delivered the salvation plan from God Acts 2 v 38 to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost. Later, Paul received the Very Same & brought it to us gentiles, & that's what Apostle Paul was called to do.
---Lawrence on 11/9/10


-- Homer :

Brother, Always remember that every Saint was first a sinner (before the Word changed their Lives) and they came into Faith by Hearing & Hearing by the Lord !!!
---Shawn.M.T. on 11/9/10


//What kind of patch would you use to fix a hole in an old garment?
---David on 11/9/10//

I'll bite, you've spawned my curiosity.
I have patched many blue jeans over the years and have usually made a patch from one of the pockets to fix them. So my answer would be that you would use a patch from the same cloth to fix an old garment.
---Homer on 11/9/10


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Statement my brothers and sister may not agree-Here is my position.

Paul was chosen-difference from called.
I see Paul part of the elect-chosen vessel Rom11 (all) tribe of Benjamin.
And-an example of not only spiritual eyes closed with scales and slumber but also by physical nature.
Act9(all)
Deut 29:1-6
Is 29:9-19 spirit of sleep
vs 12 ..."Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with heir lips do honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men,

Acts 2-the wake up starts-
"Repent and be baptized every one of your in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.
---char on 11/9/10


I believe Peter was originally selected to bring the gospel message to the Gentiles and he did that with Cornelius(Acts 19). But he was too deeply grounded in the Jewish religion and heavily influenced by those who followed in the Mosaic traditions to properly complete the task.

We note Peter's behavior at Antioch where he associated with the gentiles even eating with them, but when the boys from Jerusalem showed up and many of them were promoters of Judaism, he dissociated with Gentile believers and was rebuked by Paul. (Gal.2)

So Paul, who was a much stronger and educated personage, was given the task to carry the gospel message to the Gentiles.
---leej on 11/9/10


God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.(Corinthians)

Since Paul was murdering Christians, I think God thought, "Hey, I'll snatch him up and convert him and get him on my side and he'll convert Christians instead of murdering them."

No one really knows why God chose Paul except He did and Pauls gospel is such a blessing to many thousands of people in this earth.
---Donna5535 on 11/9/10


Homer
Jesus gave the reason he chose Paul in the "Wine skin" Parable, in verse (Matthew 9:16)

It is not so much in what Jesus said in this verse, but it is in what he didn't say.
Ask yourself this question:
What kind of patch would you use to fix a hole in an old garment?
---David on 11/9/10


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Homer, Paul was a chosen vessel like all other believers. It matters not from where they come, God has pick those people to be the objects of His Grace according to the good pleasure of His will.
And really, "What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not. For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compasssion. "So then it is not of him who will's, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy"
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


The fact is simple, an enemy who has so faithfully attacked and exploited your weaknesses in ignorance is the greatest friend and defender you'll ever have if you can turn him. It's the same reason the God I hated chose me, and that like Paul when I didn't want him. Jesus put it this way, he who is forgiven much loves much.
---Pharisee on 11/9/10


why was paul chossen:
Romans 9:11 that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth,
---francis on 11/9/10


what a witness for Jesus Christ Paul was. Here is someone who was a Pharisee and a persecuter of believers who is now leading folks to Christ.
---JIM on 11/9/10


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Christianity was becoming stagnated and the Apostles were just taking care of their own people in Jerusalem and Christ message was not being spread outside of Jerusalem.

God selected Saul and knocked him off his horse and blinded him to get his attention and tasked him to get the message of Christ into the known world. Just like Johna, God wanted a job done He selected the person he wanted to do it and applied enough pressure on them to convince them to do what He wanted. There was no free will crap involved in this what so ever. That is the way God actually works. If God has a task for you to accomplish you are not going to get any peace of mind until you do what He wants.
---Blogger9211 on 11/8/10


Why does God choose any of us, is a better question. He chose Paul and made him a great apostle, missionary, and financial planner for the early Church. God made him famous among the church. We speak of Paul as though he is still with us and a dear friend that we respect, and we do. Paul went through some horrendous sufferings. Paul kept his faith through it all, although, I am sure he had his doubts, momentarily. But, Paul was truly chosen by God.
---catherine on 11/8/10


Homer, 1/2

In most Drug and alcohol programs, the facilitators /counselors had to have been recovered addicts. Who better to empathize and have compassion on another addict.

Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees. The boy knew the Law better than anyone. So who better than accept, understand, and explain to Jews and Gentiles what Jesus had planned.
---aka on 11/8/10


That's funny, I didn't think any of the apostles were followers of Christ before they were chosen to be followers of Christ.
And as far as Paul's teachings are concerned:
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him(Ananias), Go thy way: for he(Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Acts 15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,(Acts 15:22)
2Pet 3:15 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,(2Pet 3:16)
---micha9344 on 11/8/10


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ROMANS 9:15..."I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will .... to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. ...


THERE'S YOUR ANSWER!
---JOHN on 11/8/10


you think he didn't choose Paul and I believe your right. Paul had never met Jesus but claimed to have "visions and trances". Paul was actually pursuing Jesus and his followers into Damascus by someones direction although it is unclear who's henchman he was. What is clear is that James(brother of Jesus),along with the other Apostles did not agree with all the new theology Paul was coming up with on his own.The church of Jerusalem,nazoreans,ebionites,whatever you want to call them upheld Mosaic Law just like Jesus. They also didn't believe Jesus was God. Yep Its true and documented.They were his disciples and his own brother.They would know.
---Patrick on 11/8/10


Does it matter?

Ask Jesus and St. Paul.

You'll doubtless get a better answer from them than you will here.
---Cluny on 11/8/10




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