St. Paul’s Miracles in Life
Paul the Apostle original name Saul of Tarsus (Greek: Σαῦλος Ταρσεύς SaulosTarseus), was an apostle (though not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. Actually he is considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age. In the mid-30s to the mid-50s, he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. (Griggs p.1) In fact, Paul used his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to advantage in his ministry to both Jewish and Roman audiences.
Fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament have traditionally been attributed to Paul, and approximately half of the Acts of the Apostlesdeals with Paul's life and works. Furthermore,the last book in the Bible written by the apostle Paul is 2 Timothy. At this point in his life, he was locked away in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel. Paul knew that he was nearing the end of his life, and he sent one last letter to his friend Timothy. (Spong p.23) Actually, this talks all about 3 major values faith, love and forgiveness. In fact, he valued this so much he preached about them in his everyday life. Moreover, he did not complain or ask God why he is being put to death but he just wrote his last letters to his friend about his values. “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (Vss. 6-8) As Paul grew closer and closer to his last days, he had no fear of death. (Spong p.45) He had no doubts about where he was going or about the reward that was awaiting him in Heaven. In the face of death, Paul had the same unshakable faith that he had during his entire life. This is emphasizes one of his most treasured values, faith. Though Paul was most likely living in a cold, damp dungeon but in his words he still displays love. In fact, Demas deserted him (Vs. 10), in his words hedoes not give up on his love. Inaddition, his words show the love he has for Luke who was the only person left with him. Furthermore, his love for Timothy is shownwhen he asked his good friend to visit him soon. He also shows a love for Mark as he asks Timothy to bring Mark with him when he comes to visit. In Acts 15:36-41, earlier in his life Paul did not have the best relationship with Mark. However, during his first missionary journey, Mark left Paul and Barnabas which was upsetting for Paul. (Griggs p.34) As a result, this strained relationship with Mark so bad that it caused Paul and Barnabas to not see each other completely. Obviously, though, Paul and Mark must have reconciled and we see that Paul had nothing but love for Mark. This also emphasizes one of the three values, love.
We have already seen that Paul must have forgiven Mark for his past indiscretions, but we also see a greater level of forgiveness in Paul’s words. He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (Vs. 16) But Paul forgave the people who deserted him. In fact, he was hoping that God would forgive them as well. (Loyola p.1) Just as Jesus forgave even the men who crucified him, Paul forgave the ones who deserted him. Lastly, he shows the last value he preaches in his words, forgiveness. Paul believed that Christ had come for all and the observances of Jewish Law were not necessary for those who believed in Christ (Gal 2:15-21 - 3:1-5). As a result, this created an ongoing battle with those who thought that Jewish observances were necessary for all those who sought entrance into the Church (Gal 5:7-12).In Jesus Christ God had acted to provide salvation for all who believe (Rom 1: 1-7). In fact, this salvation, whose...
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