Character and accomplishments of Apostle Paul
1. Most prolific missionary who wrote more in the New Testament
Paul wrote thirteen of the twenty-seven 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 terms of preaching and building the church.
He wrote more than any other
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, where he was not known (Romans 15:20). Consider his passion when he used to persecute Christians—his same character, now used by God to expand His Kingdom.
He would be a 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.
He used a strategy to complete his mission. For example, he preached in the synagogue of Athens so he can reason with Jews, Greek intellects (Acts 17:16–34). It’s estimated that there are more than 14 churches “Saint Paul.”
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.
Paul would not have been eligible because he wasn’t with Jesus during His earthly ministry (Mark 3:14-15). Thus, his calling is unique and distinct among the twelve because God revealed the “mystery” through direct revelation. (Ephesians3:1-3)
The Holy Spirit of God was with Paul (and Barnabas), hence the theology they preached accurate and authoritative.
His calling unique, distinct among the twelve
5. Most important theologian of the early church
It appears Paul was the most educated (or intelligent). After all, he was a student of the great Gamaliel, a leading authority in the Sanhedrin (Acts 22:3). The others did not have formal education except maybe for Matthew, Luke, and Joseph of Arimathea.
The letters of Paul are a clear indication of Paul’s theology. It is succinct yet endearing, filled with love. He rebuked and corrected errors of churches and Christians derailed by sin and false doctrines.
The letters of Paul are a clear indication of Paul’s theology