Nuggets – Paul’s Growth

Paul’s Growth “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

Many times today we look at Paul and wish to be greatly used of God as he was. But Scripture teaches us that use of Paul as a role model requires a proper view of Paul—his humility and his submission to Christ.

Paul didn’t start out as a humble servant. In fact, before his conversion, he was quite proud of his pedigree (Philippians 3:4-6). He was the overseer at the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:58). He was fanatical, the haughty persecutor of the early church (8:3). In grace, he was informed of his error by “Jesus whom thou persecutest” (9:5), and soon Paul recognized the worthlessness of his background and human achievement, and counted all these things “but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

Once his view of Christ was proper, Paul’s view of himself began to decrease. In A.D. 56 or so, Paul, who had been set apart for a ministry to the Gentiles “from my mother’s womb” (Galatians 1:15), called himself “the least of the apostles, that am not meet [fit] to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:9-10).

While in prison several years later, Paul wrote to the Gentile churches he had founded, marveling that this ministry was given “unto me, who am less than the least of all saints” (Ephesians 3:8). Shortly before he was beheaded in prison for his faith, he testified “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).

As Paul grew older, his evaluation of his own worth decreased. As one draws closer and closer to the light, he is able to see more clearly his own unworthiness. JDM

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5 Responses to Nuggets – Paul’s Growth

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  2. Father Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  3. Carmelo Junior says:

    The Apostle Paul wasn’t always St Paul. He was once Saul of Tarsi, a young religious extremist who would use violence against the opponents of the sect of the Pharisees. But then, this same Saul matured in the faith and is now counted in the community of Saints. Selected by Jesus himself(not the Holy Spirit, or an angel of God like others) to be His apostle. That is why we Christians no longer refer to this great apostle as just “Paul”. He has earned the crown of sainthood by his sacrifices and his death. There are many Paul in the world and history, but there is only ONE St. Paul. Please address him as such!

    • ptl2010 says:

      Thank you Carmelo for your thoughtful comments.

      Who are the saints of God?
      ” The saints of the Holy Bible are those people whom the Father in heaven has been “calling-out” [sanctifying: setting apart for holy use and purpose] from among the nations of the world over the centuries, who shall “co-rule” the Kingdom of God with Jesus Christ when He returns and establishes it on the earth.”

      “BUT THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH SHALL TAKE THE KINGDOM, AND POSSESS THE KINGDOM FOR EVER, EVEN FOR EVER AND EVER.” (Dan.7:18)

      Read more on this subject here:
      http://www.answers.com/Q/Who_are_the_saints_of_the_holy_bible

      As with St Paul, we are saved by grace and we are saints, are called out, sanctified and we shall reign with Christ . Hal!elujah!

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