Understanding the Bible 33: Paul – How a Zealous Pharisee Became Jesus’s Apostle to the Gentiles

Before we can understand Paul’s letters, we must first understand the man: the Pharisee, the zealot, the convert, the missionary and indeed the church’s greatest theologian.  

In this episode, we examine Paul’s early life, his fervent commitment to Judaism and the extraordinary humility he demonstrates in his willingness to be wrong.  Saul of Tarsus set out to persecute the church on YHWH’s behalf.  And yet when YHWH reveals to him that a new mission lies before him, Saul, unlike so many of us, allows God to transform him.  Saul surrenders his “religion” in obedience to God and becomes the means by which the covenant of Abraham is – in many ways – fulfilled:  taking the project of salvation, at last, to the Gentile world.  


This is a sermon that was originally presented at Canvas (a Presbyterian church in Irvine, CA), May 4th, 2014. To learn more about Canvas, click here!


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