Paul The Apostle The Apostle The Apostle Paul
Paul The Apostle (in majority of
titles of Pauline
- Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God
- his angel who plays the last trump in Revelation 22:21
- his witness unto all men, as prophesied in Acts 22:15
- an Hebrew of the Hebrews who wrote To The Hebrews
- a faithful steward of the mysteries of God
Biblical Titles of Paul "The Apostle" PaulPaul The Apostle has a unique Pauline Epistles Format to sign-ify they're Pauline Epistles.
Paul notably hand signs (sign-ifies) all his Pauline Epistles with his token, including Hebrews and Revelation.
Paul The Apostle is the titled author of Hebrews (a mini bible), and as an Hebrew of the Hebrews.
The Apostle Paul is also author of Revelation: his angel who sign-ifies it and plays the "last trump".
(i) Paul: The Apostle in 12 of 15 titles of Pauline Epistles (excepting Titus, Philemon, Revelation)
(ii) Paul: an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (2Cor 1:1; Eph 1:1; Col 1:1; 2Tim 1:1)
(iii) Paul: his witness unto all men (including To The Hebrews; as prophesied in Acts 22:15)
(iv) Paul: his angel in Revelation 1:1 & 22:6 (plays the last trump: JC's Grace with you all. Amen.)
(v) Paul: a faithful "steward" of the mysteries of God (both a clever revelator and a concealor)
(vi) Paul: a revelator of two Revelations(Uncoverings): Apokalupsis Iohnnou -vs- Ienou Christo
(vii) Paul: Above a Servant (but formerly "Saul Saul": double minded: chief sinner, a zealous legalist)
Aside: Perhaps(?), as Shakespeare suggests, perhaps Paul is as one man playing seven parts in his time.
Shakespeare notes that all the worlds a stage. A stage for what? One man playing many parts: seven ages.
Paul writes more New Testament writings (15 of 27) than all six other New Testament writers combined (12 of 27); And 12 of 15 Pauline Epistles title Paul as "Paul The Apostle". The gospel (theology) of Paul is notably two things: (i) "the gospel of God": Grace, and (ii) "the gospel of Christ": Peace; 1st pure Grace that will have Mercy only is what multiplies true Peace world-wide. So Saint Paul is also called the founder of Christianity (being first called Christians at Antioch), having the gospel of Grace and Peace. The General Theme throughout Pauline Epistles is that awareness is better than ignorance. Eg: I would not have you ignorant brethren; which is to allegory say take off religious blinders (put away laws) to see grace is sufficient (no law required).
Pauline Epistles Format: Holy Kiss of GraceThe Unique Format of Pauline Epistles has Three Aspects:
Head (Grace greeting): Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Body (Discussion): allegorical comparative teaching about Law -vs- Grace using Scriptures
Foot (Grace Conclusion: salutation, token): The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.
Notes on Unique Format of Pauline Epistles
(Open with Grace & Peace unto you from God & Son; Close with Grace to all):
- The HEADer and FOOTer greet and salute "brethren" with an "holy kiss" of "grace",
the sort of grace which hath mercy upon all, not just on a few (8 souls) nor on many;
which is also called the kiss of charity: never faileth anyone: grace never forsakes anyone.
- The Discussion part is thereby quarantined between opening grace and closing grace,
as if to quarantine study harmful law vs harmless merciful grace throughout the scriptures,
as if to contain such a deadly virus as cancer us law for study within a force field of grace.
- Paul's salutation (token in every epistle) is notably written by his own hand in every epistle
(1Corinthians 16:21; Colossians 4:18; 2Thessalonians 3:17).. Such sign-ifies that The Apostle Paul is also
the author of Hebrews (Hebrews 13:25) and the author of Revelation (Revelation 22:21).
- Paul's conclusion ("salutation", "token in every epistle", written by his own hand) is as if Paul,
as his angel, plays the last trump it, allegorically the ticket to heaven (all grace, no law at all).
- since all are "brethren" (Hebrews 2) we are to greet and salute all as such, even when fighting
(the good fight), or debating (as politicians do), or competing (as sporting opponents do), and
even when ripping them a new asshole cause theirs seems plugged (as he does in Galatians),
or teaching unweaned babes, unlearned children, and betwitched churches (as in 1Cor; Heb 5).
Although Paul calls Corinthians "childish", Galatians "bewitched", and Hebrews "babes", he never
fails to address all such as "brethren", even calling Hebrews "holy brethren", for all are one, and
all are of one: God our Father. All are a heavenly family, having a hallowed name: Grace: the
hallowed name of our Father which art in heaven, and the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the name by which ye are called, to come (not come and depart); So hallowed be "thy name": Grace.
Paul "The Apostle" Paul
Paul is writer of more New Testament writings than all six other New Testament writers combined. Paul writes 15 of 27 New Testament books, which is more than 50%; Yet Paul is only titled "Paul The Apostle" in 12 of his 15 Pauline Epistles. Paul is also dominantly mentioned in Acts of the Apostles (firstly as Saul of Saul/Paul), which talks little of the other apostles; Perhaps since the twelve were like a hung jury (dirty dozen: a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump) and three top dogs were something to beware ("beware of dogs" dogma).
Note: Six Other New Testament Writers: Matthew writes 1: Matthew, Luke writes 2: Luke, Acts, John writes 5: Mark(surname of John), John, 1John, 2John, 3John, James writes 1: James, Peter writes 2: 1Peter, 2Peter, Jude writes 1: Jude. So, Six other New Testament writers combined write only 12 of 27 NT books; Less than 50% of NT.
Note: 12 of 15 Pauline Epistles title Paul as "Paul The Apostle":
- Romans: The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Romans
- 1Cornthians: The First Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Corinthians
- 2Corinthians: The Second Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Corinthians
- Galatians: The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Galatians
- Ephesians: The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Ephesians
- Philippians: The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Philippians
- Colossians: The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To the Colossians
- 1Thessalonians: The First Epistle of Paul The Apostle To the Thessalonians
- 2Thessalonians: The Second Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Thessalonians
- 1Timothy: The First Epistle of Paul The Apostle To Timothy
- 2Timothy: The Second Epistle of Paul The Apostle To Timothy
- Hebrews: The Epistle of Paul The Apostle To The Hebrews
But Paul, as if the seventh of 7 New Testament writers (similar to the Holy Bible being the seventh), who also made seven journeys (not three or four), and was imprisoned seven times (not six), writes more "better testament" writings than all the six other New Testament writers combined.
The 15 Pauline Epistles include Hebrews and RevelationPaul writes: 1. Romans; 2. 1Corinthians; 3. 2Corinthians; 4. Galatians; 5. Ephesians; 6. Philippians; 7. Colossians; 8. 1Thessalonians; 9. 2Thessalonians; 10. 1Timothy; 11. 2 Timothy; 12. Titus; 13. Philemon;
14. Hebrews, 15. Revelation... a total of 15 NT writings (not 11, 12 or 13 as many say). In addition Paul is the dominant apostle in Acts of the Apostles, which talks little of other apostles. All Paul's epistles are also mentioned by Converted Peter; Who seems to have gotten converted by reading all the Pauline Epistles (including Hebrews and Revelation), and Peter mentions the (holy) kiss of charity, which is introduced and clarified mostly by Paul's wiritings.
Majority of Titles of the Pauline Epistles denote Paul as Paul "The Apostle":
- Example: Title of Galatians is "The Epistle of Paul The Apostle to the Galatians" - So Bible Translators not only give Paul a clear majority of NT writings and canonnize such together (Romans...Hebrews), but denote him "The Apostle", the one God chose when 120 elected Mathias to replace Judas (which didn't improve the twelve since we're told Judas "also betrayed him"); For other apostles, especially the twelve, were like a hung jury who couldn't agree on anything. When it came to law or grace, they mixed such; But Paul zealously kept his law awful lawful, his grace purely grace us. So we should be more like Paul, who's essentially told to keep the zeal and lose the law to be grace us and peace full.
Pauline epistles are canonized prior to James, Peter, John, Jude
for a stated purpose: "to the end ye may be established in grace";
For the end of the commandment is you(made perfect), not ye(do err).
The (new) commandment: Love one another, as I have loved YOU.
The kingdom of God is within YOU (of ye/you).
The gospel, of grace and peace ("that gospel" of this/that gospels), is called the gospel of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of Christ (the end of the law), and the gospel of Paul. Other gospel accounts are clarified as being the gospel "according to" Matthew, the gospel "according to" Luke, the gospel "according to" John (whose surname: Mark); Not to mention the gospel according to John is the only "verily verily" gospel account. Also "another gospel" is a perversion of the gospel (Gal 1); a polluted perverted oxymoron mixture of grace + law which is as blessed + cursed = accursed. It's the reason pure religion paid a visit (not a ransom) to those "afflicted" by such, because grace + law was all vanity and vexation of Spirit, and was as life(grace) + death(law) = a dead end. But thanks to God, who chose Paul to be The Apostle who plays the last trump it, the Holy Bible has no such dead end.
From Acts, Galatians, 2Peter, we may conclude Peter (formerly called Satan: Mt 16:23 and told to get converted: Luke 22:32) was converted by reading all the epistles of Paul, especially Hebrews: a mini bible itself:
Peter, the only man called "Satan" in Bible, was also notably told: "when (not if) thou art converted, then strengthen thy brethren". In 2Peter, we find mention that he read all the epistles of Paul, and his exhortation to "grow in grace" speaks of "the same" (JC = "the same": Hebrews 13:8) things: Grace-->Mercy-->Peace as Paul speaks in his epistles.
Holy Kiss is unique to Pauline Epistles, his "token" in every epistle:
Paul is well noted for use of the "holy kiss" of "grace" unto "brethren" all (Heb 2), which he uses in all his epistles (including to war-ing Romans who put their trust in laws and wars, to child-ish Corinthians, bewitched Galatians, babe-ish Hebrews and even in Revelation to shew know not servants a thing or two from he that is above a servant). Converted Peter mentions said holy kiss of Paul as a "kiss of charity" (kiss of pure grace never fails nor ever forsakes, unto brethren all, even scatter brain brethren), and no other NT writer speaks more about "charity" (never faileth, not even the endurance test of holiness with sobriety) than The Apostle Paul.
Of epistles written by apostles, only Paul is noted as "The Apostle" in titles.
Paul seems to be chosen of God and apprehended by Jesus Christ to be the ongoing spokesman of the gospel of God: Grace, and the gospel of Christ: Peace. The main reason he's chosen of God is he was the most lawful of the law folk(as touching the law, a Pharisee, and blameless), and upon conversion also the most graceful of the grace folk; the point being law and grace do not mix. His grace did not compromise with law at all, rather abolished it as dung to gain Christ(is the end of the law, not the mend of law).
Paul's conversion from Saul to Paul is as if from extreme law to extreme grace:
No Pharisee kept the law to the letter killeth more than Saul of Tarsus (as touching the law, a Pharisee); and no Apostle is more extreme grace than Paul The Apostle, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God; The will of God being all mercy and no sacrifice at all, which is all grace and no law at all... extreme grace (touch not any law = dung).
Insights about Terrorist Saul of Tarsus --> Wretched Paul --> Paul The Apostle:
Paul The Apostle spent 2/3 of his 75 yrs as Saul of Tarsus. He was raised in Tarsus until his bar mitzva. Tarsus was not only a major sea port on the main trade route from east to west, but a notable center of learning and home to stoic philosophers. So he lived among the learned and the traveled while young. He was multicultural himself, an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin (as was his namesake King Saul also: Acts 13:21), circumcised the eighth day; Yet also a Roman citizen fluent in Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew.
Although there was a university at Tarsus, Saul took his secondary education at Jerusalem under tutelage of rabbinical Gamiliel. No doubt Saul excelled at such, for he was not only a Pharisee, but exceedingly more zealous (awful lawful) than his peers. He became renowned for persecuting the Christians, especially Jews who converted to Christ: the end of the law. Jews who fled could be extradited back to Jerusalem for punishment. Saul excelled at fetching them. When Stephen was stoned Saul not only consented, but stoners laid their raiment at his feet.
It seems Saul was also a young orator (preacher, teacher) of renown who traveled east and west; mostly east while Saul, mostly west while Paul. Perhaps Saul went as far east as Babylon, was even the star (angel, minister) of the east Babylonian Jews spoke of seeing when such magoi (enough to stir up all Jerusalem and Herod) later came to worship the (child) king of the Jews (Jesus of Nazareth) at Nazareth. For no doubt Saul's close association with temple priests and elders at Jerusalem would have made him privy to remarks by Simeon and Anna about Jesus (Lk 2) at his circumcision. If so, then Saul's birth was at least 20 yrs prior to the birth of Jesus; also living several years after the crucifixion as "Saul", perhaps past 40AD, then ministered about 25 yrs as "Paul". So his life would have spanned over 70 years.
Contrary to popular belief, Saul's trade (besides preaching, teaching, and persecuting Christians) was not so much a tent maker, but a maker of Jewish prayer shawls, which he continued doing during missionary journeys as Paul, to support himself, his extensive travels.
Paul's Damascus Road experience is mentioned in Acts 9:1-22. Yet what I find interesting, and concerning the Saul --> Paul conversion, is he is still spoken of as "Saul" beyond Acts 9, even into Acts 13 which places "Saul" (not Paul) at Antioch, Selucia, Cyprus, Salamis, and Paphos; Then he's spoken of as "Paul" thereafter (except when retelling the Damascus Road story in Acts 22:4-19 and 26:9-15). So according to Luke (writer of Acts, companion of Paul, perhaps his personal physician) "Saul" became "Paul" when John (Johnny Law) departed from Saul and Barnabas to return to Jerusalem, and such is many years after his Damascus road experience.
More clarification (especially concerning visits to Jerusalem and limited association with other apostles) is given in Galatians (Gal 1:13-24). Such might explain the possible contradiction of Acts 9 and Gal 1, where Acts 9 leaves readers with the potential erroneous impression he went to Jerusalem shortly after the Damascus Road experience and some preaching in their synagogues. Gal 1 clarifies he made only two Jerusalem visits thereafter, and the first was more than three years later, the second visit fourteen years after the first visit. The point of such clarification is to note he didn't agree with nor get any teaching from other apostles, whose gospel he called "another gospel", noting such was a perversion of the gospel of Christ: the end of the law; in fact no gospel (good news) at all. Another point would be he abandoned his belongings and Pharisee career at Jerusalem when the religious blinders (as if scales) came off, and long enough that he was later unknown by face unto the churches of Judea (Gal 1:22).
As biblically recorded Paul had several more than three journeys (which is traditionally taught). From Damascus he went to Arabia for an unspecified time, perhaps even visited "Mt Sinai in Arabia" (Gal 4) to begin his own grace walk from Sinai to Sion (from faith to faith, and from glory to glory). Perhaps the reason he mentions in 2Cor 11:32 Arabian King Aretas IV (9 B.C.-A.D. 40) consorted with Damascus Jews against him was fear he'd tell others Mt Sinai was in Arabia, and possibly start a war; For it is only customary for Jews to claim holy sites.
From Arabia The Apostle Paul returned to Damascus prior to going to Jerusalem to visit Peter (Apostle to the circumcised). As Paul The Apostle notes the gospel of Christ is "to the Jew first" (Acts 13:46; Rom 1:16), so everywhere he went as Apostle to Gentiles he visited synagogues (Acts 14:1; 17:2; 18:19). No doubt he realized Jews under law at Sinai well said accusation all law should not be spoken to them again (Deut 5:25; 18:16; Heb 12:19), which many Jews also overlook today.
In addition to the traditional three missionary journeys noted in Acts, and a fourth to Rome (since he appealed unto Ceasar when accused by Jews of Jerusalem on his second visit there), Paul The Apostle also went to Spain (Rom 15:24), France (Gaul), and Britain (isles of the Gentiles) after his two years of house arrest in Rome. Such accounts for time gap between early and later dates of his death at Rome: some say 62AD, some say 68AD. As for some saying he was crucified, it's notable he was a Roman, thereby exempt from crucifixion. It seems more likely he was beheaded during Nero's persecution of Christians, which ended when Nero died in 68AD.
In Acts 22:15 we find a prophesy about one title of Paul The Apostle Paul:
"thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard".
- A witness speaks of testimony (the testimony of JC is the "spirit" of prophecy: Revelation 19:10, as is the testimony of Paul the "spirit" of NT: 2Cor 3:6), and a witness giving testimony speaks of evidence, which also speaks of what's "evident" (obvious, clear, clarified, made known, made full proof of) from all the biblical evidence: that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God: Galatians 3.
- Paul The Apostle, formerly Saul of Tarsus, evidently an orator of renown even in the east... said "star in the east" seems to play the part of the foremost biblical scholar of his time, and also a very clever allegorical and satirical writer who's writings encompass the whole of Scriptures written as Scripture vs Scripture, and for a Pauline stated purpose: "for our learning", and comparison to know which is witch of two allegorical things (law & grace) throughout the Old and New Testaments. Yet let's not overlook that when first called plural "Christians" at Antioch, he was still terrorist "Saul", still playing the blame game, saying Peter was to blame for Barnabas getting carried away. Although correct, such was still somewhat legalistic, for grace does not play the blame game, since law inducts all players thereof in a hall of shame. A true "Christian" (singular) has no shame (law).
- Paul The Apostle is even the revelator of mystery, and twain Revelations: Uncoverings of John and Jesus Christ)... Paul gives proofs of this vs that inside a Pauline Epistles format noted above, then usually asks and answers what can be concluded from all such, or what's evident from the evidence... the primary thing "evident" being: "that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident" (Gal 3:11)... found in Galatians, perhaps as being what: "the Spirit saith unto the churches", and seven times in Revelation.
The Last Trump it, played by Paul The Apostle in all Pauline Epistles, is:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.
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