History of Paul
- Born in Tarsus around 5AD.
- Began to be trained as a rabbi under famous Pharisee Gamaliel.
- He went to the high priest requesting a letter of permission to arrest Christians in Damascus.
- On his way to Damascus he has an encounter with God.
- He went to Damascus and prayed and fasted for three days.
- After being prayed for he spent several days with the disciples in Damascus preaching in the synagogue.
- Where did Paul go next? Arabia
Galatians 1:15-18 “But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem.”
After Paul spent three years away…
- Went down to Jerusalem
- He met the apostles and began to preach.
- It took no time at all for the Jews to want to kill Paul
- He went down to Caesarea and then to his home town of Tarsus (South central Turkey)
- Barnabas finds Paul in Tarsus and they preach together for a year.
- Paul spent several years in Antioch. After this time church prayed over Paul and Barnabas and they went out on a missionary journey (Did not consult with Jerusalem)
- By this time Christianity is larger outside of Israel than within.
- On the first journey they visit Cyprus, Pisidian, Antioch, Iconium, and return to Antioch (In Syria)
- Paul makes another trip to Jerusalem. (Talk about circumcision)
- Jerusalem council was in around the year 49AD
Galatians 2:1 “Fourteen years later I went up to Jerusalem again”
- Paul and Barnabas take two of the people from the Jerusalem church with them (Silas and Judas)
- They spent about three years on their second missionary journey.
- The third missionary journey was from 53AD to 57AD.
- Upon returning to Jerusalem Paul was arrested
- He spent a Two years in house arrest in Rome
- Tradition has it that he was beheaded during Nero’s reign.
Paul was zealous
Galatians 1:14 “I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.”
- Dragged people from house to house throwing them in jail (Acts 8:3)
- Approving of the death of Stephen
- Breathing out murderous threats against the church (Acts 9:1)
- Intensely persecuted the church (Gal. 1:13)
- Advanced in Judaism ahead of others his age.
Paul got away for the next 2 to 3 years in Arabia.
Galatians 1:16-18 “I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem.”
Acts 17:11 “Now the Bereans were of much more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Hebrews 5:11 – 6:1 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 6 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death”
- Should be teachers by now.
- Those who need milk are still babies.
- The mature believers have through constant use trained themselves to distinguish between good and evil. TRAINED THEMSELVES TO LIVE IT OUT.
- It is time to leave the idea of letting others feed you.