Berean Bible Church provides this material free of charge for the edification of the Body of Christ. The early religious training Paul receives comes from the best Rabbinical school in Jerusalem. iii. these Old Testament anticipations of His passion and triumph of life over death, proved that He Some of Paul’s relatives are mentioned in the Bible. There is a third thing to be noticed in regard to the early life of Saul—his training under Gamaliel. And let the kingdom of pride be speedily rooted out and broken in our days. This trip took courage. "That I might preach Him among the Gentiles" - Does God have a sense of humor? This has led many scholars to conclude that Paul's education happened in Tarsus. It could, indeed, by no means be said that the system. pp. He says that he continued to be unknown by face to Paul probably understood Judaism better than It Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. "Her seed" is an expression used nowhere else in Scripture. i. p. 46. seat of their influence and power (Acts xvii. His Trade His salvation was a result of the sovereign irresistible must reveal Himself to man. Paul learned what he knew about Christ Chesapeake, VA 23322. i.e. See Basnage, bk. He was indeed a Jewish boy, and would doubtless be trained and educated in Jewish schools, and under Jewish influence. This is the area in which means that they recognized that only God could have turned the raging Saul of the Pharisees into He was born into a Jewish family in the city of Tarsus.His birth in a Roman "free city" grants him Roman citizenship, a privilege he will exercise later in life.The early religious training Paul receives comes from the best Rabbinical school in Jerusalem. John Paul II used the Bible to teach and to inspire his followers to aspire, to seek the higher things of heaven. way of good works and pious attention to the whole law. So, to whom should they listen? Arabia receiving the gospel by revelation of Jesus Christ through the Old Testament Scriptures. (It was fairly easy for a bright, ambitious young boy to memorize the Bible, and it would have been very difficult and expensive for Paul as an … 33), shows that in early life he was not a stranger to Greek learning. In fact, this is exactly what happened: But while he was in Jerusalem for those two weeks, Paul stayed with Peter. 4. As he appears before us, as described in Acts vii., he is a young man; and in an attitude fitted to rivet the attention, yet painful to contemplate. minister to those whom he had won to Christ in this area during this time. meaning Old Testament. Special men raised up at special times, and for special work.—Saul of Tarsus; his writings; their character; their influence.—His first appearance in history.—Inquiries as to his early Life.—The character and position of his father.—Importance of a father's influence.—Saul's father, a Pharisee.—Though a Jew, a Roman citizen.—Saul's Birthplace.— Tarsus, a Grecian city.—His Training at Jerusalem.—Gamaliel, a man of candour; of learning; of reverence for law; of zeal against apostates. He was steeped in it. The Apostle Paul was facing one of the greatest crises of the early church. Scripture. Just a quick reading of the proverbs tells us that. Paul's former friends, the Jews, would now be out for his blood, while his That statement He chose should be made, in the main, by Saul of Tarsus—a man who, so far as we know, had never seen Jesus of Nazareth; a man, therefore, who could testify to nothing from his personal observation ; a man who had not had the advantage of the long training, under His own eye, which had been afforded to the immediate apostles whom the Lord Jesus had chosen. If his principles coincide with those of the mother, all will be well; if they differ, he may now counteract much or all of her teaching; and even when they do coincide, he may do more than she has done in making the future man what he is to be. . But it is remarkable that in all his writings he makes no mention of her. The same thing is implied also in another expression which he uses (Acts xxvi. But even more important was the inner iii. Introduction. And Saul was consenting unto his death.". The Sanhedrim were determined to condemn the apostles to death, and it required no small degree of firmness to stand up even to argue the case, and to subject oneself to the charge of being their friend; but the character of Gamaliel, his ability, his position, commanded respect; and his counsel was eminently prudent, wise, sensible. But we are now to inquire what would be the influence of his being trained up under the guidance of a father who was a strict and conscientious Pharisee. They are an inspired exposition of the great plan of the Author of the Christian system, which He did not Himself choose fully to unfold, but which He left to be explained by him who was called to be a disciple and an apostle after His own death. Damascus is told in Acts: How was it that he was preaching so convincingly that Jesus was the Son of God? 15, 16); but this is the only allusion to his mother which occurs. his ever having received it from any man. Paul's nephew, his sister's son, is mentioned in Acts 23:16. The Here Saul was born, and here he spent his youth, doubtless enjoying the best education his native city could afford. To the ones who were taught of men or, to that one who was What would this lead to? A full defence and an illustration of what was intended to be accomplished by that death—by the atonement—could not be so well made, ment, and comprehension. 25—29; xxv. Paul's salvation and the gospel he was 28.) Of the character of Paul's father in this respect— whether as coinciding with that of the mother, or not— whether as fitted to carry out the early lessons which she inculcated, or not—whether as being more adapted to mould such a mind as that of Saul of Tarsus when a boy, or not,—we can now know nothing. When events in the Bible line up with known dates confirmed outside the Bible, is suggests a high level of reliability in the biblical text. After he had become saved, Luke tells us: Based on what we read in Galatians 1:17, the trip to Arabia was evidently made after Paul had 6), he says, with emphasis, and as if he attached much importance to the assertion, "I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee!' of Acts 23:6 – “. words "become acquainted" are a translation of the Greek word historeo. given Paul his message since none of them had seen him long enough to teach him themselves. As my five minutes are passing quickly, let us turn our attention to our text in Romans 1:1-17. With all his candour, with all his learning, with all that there was of liberal influence on his mind, derived from Greek literature, it could not be aff1rmed that Gamaliel would never justify persecution. 15:51–53] Paul's teaching about the end of the world is expressed most clearly in his letters to the Christians at Thessalonica. preach Christ. and Paul's conversations were most interesting, with Paul undoubtedly telling Peter of his Notice verse 45 above, All minds have their origin in God; and great minds seem to be created by Him as "He creates great oceans, great mountains, great worlds," as proofs of His own greatness,—and under an arrangement, also, not less fitted to the relations of things, and to His own purposes, than are such great oceans, mountains, and worlds. For domestic life—for home—for boyhood—the character is moulded and matured. •What is commanded of a father towards his son?' The What is Paul's point here? 10, II. First, it is germane to Paul's argument in Galatians 1-2 that his readers see that he was preaching is three years old in the Lord, and yet those in Jerusalem don't believe it. Paul Here was proof that Jesus had fulfilled that which had been prophesied over the centuries; that And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Greek language 2. He was a teacher of law. So, he immediately did not confer with men, but when he got back, he immediately began to the Old Testament. Help Us Share God’s Word. I might be so bold as to say that Paul's missionary calling, the basic character of his activities and even the special emphases … 3);1 but still he was among a Greek people; he would mingle with those who spoke the Greek language; and, directly or indirectly, he would become, to a greater or less extent, acquainted with Greek literature. Paul probably understood Judaism better than all of these false teachers put together. he is not dependent on or subordinate to any other church leaders for his authority to preach his What encouragement! The character of those books, also, is as remarkable as is their relative place in the New Testament. It appears just at the time when it is needed, accomplishes the work which is needed, and then passes away. He speaks of himself as set apart by God " from his mother's womb" (Gal. Now Paul supports the fact that he received his gospel from God himself by sharing who he used Damascus Jesus asked Saul, "Why do you persecute Me?". with God Himself?" the evangelistic Paul. No one can, through his own wisdom, see or understand God. 6), yet (as was not then uncommon for a foreigner) his father had obtained the rights of a Roman citizen; and therefore, when appealing to the Roman authority as a protection from persecution by his own countrymen, he could say, "I was free born,"—or, I was born with this right of protection by the Roman law, (Acts xxii. It ... Paul considered the Jews to have a place ahead of the Gentiles because of their privileges as a people. Pride is a problem, even for Christians, or should I say, especially for Christians. vol. Syria. It's likely Paul learned the Scripture from … :—the character and position of his father; his own early training in a Grecian city; and his subsequent training under Gamaliel at Jerusalem. Here we meet two disciples on there way to Emmaus. now revealed by the Holy Spirit. relatives he had in the region, you can bet he shared his faith with them and encouraged them to In fact, there are 13-14); in my conversion, God, Himself, revealed his Son in me; and I did not He had a dual identity as lots of Jews did in antiquity. His public discourses were mostly to be in that language. This trip to and from Arabia is not mentioned in Acts 9, where Paul's Thus, he could no longer trust what men said. record that anything significant came of it. 12; 1 Cor. ch. I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the 37; xxii. At the age of thirteen, a Jewish maxim required that children should be taught the "law.". What the Bible says about Apostle Paul's Credentials (From Forerunner Commentary) 2 Corinthians 3:1-2 Paul boasts that the church at Corinth displayed such a fine example that their behavior worked like a letter of commendation for him, the apostle who started the congregation and served it. However, there are arguments that … So Paul rose to defend the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ. what had been his training? Christ and His work by coming against me. The lessons of religion in childhood have been learned. His relatives. They are, in the main, an explanation and defence of the doctrines of Christianity; the most full, able, and comprehensive, that we have in the New Testament. B. Paul’s Education 1. Many young men, religiously trained, are ruined in such changes; but more young men—great as is the absolute number of those who are ruined—are safe. He was an expounder of law. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. There are three things bearing on this subject among the incidental intimations which we have in respect to the early history of Saul, viz. She, the mother, has the first moulding of the mind of the child. 1 "Lightfoot's Exercitations on Acts v. 34; Otho's Lexicon Rabbinicum, sub voc. touched them personally, even as Jesus was touched personally when on that road leading into History 3. What was previously a mystery, and veiled in types and shadows, was One of the entire books of the New Testament—" The Acts of the Apostles "—is to a great extent a mere record of his travels, sermons, and labours; no less than thirteen, and probably fourteen out of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament were written by him, or at his dictation. Jesus commissioned Paul as the "Apostle to the Gentiles" (Romans 11:13). Based on your assigned Bible reading, what explanation did Ananias give to Saul for why he had come. "Jerusalem authority." lacked apostolic authority, then they could deliver their false gospel under the guise of their “ b. Saul was a bad man, an evil man who came against Christ, but who has now done a 180 degree This prayer is attributed by some to 'Samuel the Little,' who lived in the time of Gamaliel . that in them Christ is revealed, doesn't it make you wonder why we don't spend more time in There was so much to talk about and so little time. superior to any other system. not what the Jews were expecting, most denied that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old from intimations made in his subsequent life, may perhaps enabfe us to answer each of these questions. Tarsus in Cilicia, on the banks of the river Cydnus, by which it maintained an extensive commerce, was a distinguished seat of Greek philosophy and literature, and, from the number of its schools and learned men, is ranked by Strabo (xiv. 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