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Was Paul An Apostle of Jesus Christ?

There are many who have somewhat against our beloved Paul. They are quick to slander his name and reputation as an apostle of Jesus Christ in order to annul his writings in the new testament. Was Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ? Were all of his writings considered inspired scripture? Nevertheless, what saith the scripture?

Luke (not Paul) records that the prophet Ananias was told concerning Paul, “He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:15-16). Thus we find that Paul was selected by Jesus and sent on a mission to the Gentiles. That, after all, is the definition of an apostle — one who is sent. Paul later confirmed that this was the duty given to him by Jesus, “Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles” (Acts 22:21).

This mission was confirmed by the other apostles. “But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised” (Gal 2:7-9).

Peter wrote, confirming that Paul was an inspired writer for God when he said, “and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Pet 3:15-16). Notice that the apostle Peter called Paul’s writings Scriptures.

In stating this, Peter is saying that Paul wasn’t writing his own opinions but recording the words of the Lord. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Cor 2:12-13). Paul was not a compromiser of truth, a braggart, a bully, and someone who hated women. Paul recorded what God wanted written and didn’t shun to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). If you are one who base your doctrine upon the false idea that Paul was not an apostle or an inspired writer of Jesus Christ, you need to repent and turn back to God before it is eternally too late to do so.

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