Saint Paul, the most accomplished Apostolic Father
1. The most prolific apostle
Paul wrote 30 of the 27 books of the New Testament. He wrote more than any other apostles or scribe. If we base the apostle’s account entirely on what’s written in the New Testament, Paul accomplished the most in preaching and building the church.
He wrote more than others
2. Fearless, passionate, and result oriented
Paul was fearless and passionate. In today’s standards, he would be a hands-on leader and result-oriented. He was a game-changer and at the top of his mission.
He preached Christ in critical places. Consider his passion when he used to persecute the church. This time, he used it to expand God’s Kingdom.
hands-on-leader and result-oriented
3. Paul preached to anyone and traveled to the farthest
Paul saturated critical cities in Europe. He went on three missionary journeys and founded churches from Jerusalem to Spain. He also traveled more than 10,000 miles and many times on foot to preach.
Paul and Peter in Rome
Both Apostle Paul and Peter established the early church in Rome. Paul rented a house for a full two-years in Rome and welcomed anyone who wanted to hear God’s message. (Acts 28:30)
He used a strategy to accomplish his mission
4. Paul’s calling unique among the twelve
Paul was not part of the original twelve disciples. The eleven apostles chose to fill Judas’ place (Acts 1:20). For days, they united in prayer (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:12-15) and acted on the leading of the Holy Spirit. They chose Matthias.
Matthias was the 12th apostle, Paul would be the last apostle. False teachers who claims to be “apostle of Jesus”
Paul did not meet Jesus in person; he was not part of the original 12 apostles (Mark 3:14-15). His calling as an apostle was unique because Paul received God’s revelation and mystery through “direct revelation.” (Ephesians3:1-3)
Matthias was the 12th Apostle, Paul would be the last.
5. Most important theologian of the early church
Brilliant and knowledgeable, Paul was a student of Gamaliel, an esteemed teacher of Jewish law and an elder of the Sanhedrin (Acts 22:3). The rest of the apostles did not have formal education except Matthew, Luke, and Joseph of Arimathea.
The letters of Paul are a clear indication of his theology. It is succinct yet endearing, filled with love. He rebuked and corrected errors of churches and Christians derailed by sin and false doctrines.
Paul is the quintessential apologist.