Who was Paul in the Bible?
Here's the answer:
Paul was an apostle of Jesus who did many things for God’s Church.
"Paul went into the synagogue as he usually did. For three Sabbath days in a row he talked about the Scriptures with the Jews. He explained and proved that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. 'This Jesus I am telling you about is the Christ!' he said" (Acts 17:2–3).
Paul wrote much of the New Testament and was an early missionary soon after Jesus’ death. He spoke Jesus’ name in many new places and encouraged early Christians in their faith.
The amazing part of Paul's story is that before He became a Christian, he hunted Christians and put them in jail! Paul grew up knowing about God, but he didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah (the Savior of the world) until one day, while traveling to the town of Damascus, Jesus spoke to Paul in a blinding light! Paul was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah and dedicated his life to telling others about Him.
So what can we learn from Paul?
1. Paul's life teaches us that we’re never too bad to be rescued and used by God! Paul had been an enemy of Jesus, but became a new man by accepting Jesus as Savior. Paul proves that we don’t have to have perfect lives for Jesus to love us and save us.
2. We also learn that you can't know enough for God to accept you. Paul grew up learning all about the Scriptures and Jewish law, and yet He didn't believe that Jesus was the Messiah until Jesus showed up face to face. Knowing about God isn't enough. We must know His Son Jesus to know Him.
3. Paul teaches us that loving Jesus means sharing Jesus. Paul didn't accept the forgiveness of Jesus and keep it to himself. Even though Paul was insulted, beaten, and even thrown in jail, He never stopped telling people that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
4. The amazing things Paul did were actually amazing things that God did through him. Paul reminds us that when we remember that God works through us, that's when we are strongest!
You can read some of Paul’s story in Acts 9 in the New Testament.