Paul is an exceptional man in the drama of redemption, an extra, as it were, who Christ, the executive director, made the leading man, the last made first.
1 Corinthians 15:5-10 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
The odd man out, the 13th apostle related to the 13th tribe, the namesake of Israel representing the 10 Lost tribes dispersed throughout the known world.
In the councils of eternity it was decided that Christ would come in sinless perfection and by being made sin for us would demonstrate the love of God for all the world to see. Likewise in order to demonstrate pure Grace there would be this man who was the worst sinner of all who would serve mankind as the “hupotuposis” the pattern, mold or die of faith righteousness by a totally transformed life. From the chief of sinners to the chief apostle.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
From the destroyer of Churches to The wise master builder.
1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds upon it.
The liberator of men’s souls through his 13 Epistles that declare our freedom from sin and all condemnation in Christ
Like the 13th amendment to the constitution of the United States of America.
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, nor any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Romans 6:17-18 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
A freedom of soul and spirit that cannot be limited or destroyed by any system or regime of human tyranny and is impervious to every Satanic threat.
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