Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:26 AM

Paul a Preacher of the Cross

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:26 AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:26 AM

The Apostle Paul in a moment on the road to Damascus and in three days at the house of Judas became a believer. This belief would cost him every standing he had in his life up to then as a member of the Sanhedrin. It would later cost him is actual life when he was beheaded thirty years later. Furthermore it cost him every comfort of life during those next thirty years.

Paul knew all of the events of the life of Christ. He knew every important player in the Gospel story. Paul knew firsthand the events of the cross. Here is a quote that explains Paul’s knowledge. Paul’s life is a living proof of the truth of the Bible.

He was not separated from the events, as we are, by centuries of time... He had mingled daily with men who had watched from Bethlehem to Golgotha the life of the crucified Christ,—not only with His simple–hearted followers, but with His learned and powerful enemies. He had talked with the priests who had consigned Christ to the cross; he had put to death the followers who had wept beside His tomb.

He had heard again and again the proofs which satisfied an Annas and a Gamaliel that Jesus was a deceiver of the people. The events on which the Apostles relied, in proof of His divinity, had taken place in the full blaze of contemporary knowledge. He had not to deal with uncertainties of criticism or assaults on authenticity. He could question, not ancient documents, but living men; he could analyze, not fragmentary records, but existing evidence. He had thousands of means close at hand whereby to test the reality or unreality of the Resurrection in which, up to this time, he had so passionately and contemptuously disbelieved.

In accepting this half–crushed and wholly hated faith, he had everything in the world to lose—he had nothing conceivable to gain; and yet, in spite of all—overwhelmed by a conviction which he felt to be irresistible—Saul, the Pharisee, became a witness of the Resurrection, a preacher of the Cross.[1]

[1] Farrar, F. W. (1879-80). Vol. 1: The Life and Work of St. Paul. (203–204). London; New York [etc.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & co.

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