Epistles (Letters)

The Epistle of Paul

Series Part 6 – The Good News of Paul

Paul’s conversion made his life worth living instead of persecuting  Christians, he turned to be a devoted Christian himself preaching the gospel of the new life in Christ.   Before his ministerial work, his name was Saul the persecutor of Christians. He was on his way to Damascus to persecute more Christians. In that encounter, Saul was blinded by a light from heaven and at the Lord’s instructions, he went to Ananias for his eyesight to be restored. Paul not only had his eyesight back, but also received the Lord Jesus Christ, and Ananias baptized him. Saul was then known as Paul the preacher to this day, from Saul the executioner.

Paul immediately preached about Jesus Christ after his conversion and claimed that God’s promises to Israel were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Jews didn’t like his presence everywhere preaching the doctrine that they rejected a long time ago, until the time the Jews sought to kill him. Paul fled and ended up in Berea city a place where the people will not just accept the preaching of the word without fully examining the truth of what they heard. Paul hid like a fugitive criminal from an arrogant persecutor to a humble servant of the gospel and he experienced what Christians went through when he was persecuting them. As a changed person, He preached forgiveness of sins for all kinds of people; Jews, and Gentiles through Jesus Christ.

When God sent the Son,  the grace of God is with the Son.  Jesus means God saves.  The saving grace is already at hand and the hand of darkness who attempts to snatch us from the light cannot keep the grip on us any longer because when Jesus said it is finished, his mission was accomplished and he had rescued us from the power of darkness and moved us into the kingdom where the light is none other than but the beloved Son. Through the reconciliation with the LORD our Father, we already entered the kingdom of God, and the presence of God can be felt. Paul made this clear base on the epistle to the Colossians.

Paul after rejection from the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ founded a new religion which was an outreach to the Gentiles and made himself the apostle of the Gentiles. Though he was a self-made apostle, his success in spreading the good news was greater than the apostles of Jesus Christ who were only focused on the Jews. When the apostles found that the Gentiles were accepting the gospel left and right, they decided to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. Many believed that Peter brought the gospel to the Gentiles but many argued that it was Paul. This argument had been settled.  Both sides agreed that Peter would be the principal apostle to the Jews and Paul the principal apostle to the Gentiles.

According to Paul, our faith uplifted us from being called to being chosen and the gift of salvation is within our reach—2 Thessalonians 2:13-14.

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained” (2 Timothy 2:8-9).

“This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:9-10).

The gospel points us on the pathway to an everlasting destination and through the mercy of God, He extends His grace to us so we can have a chance to have a change of heart, and acknowledge His existence in our life until we realize that the truth is within us. God shares His Spirit so we can have life and since the beginning of life, He wants us to be with Him. Obedience to His will and the purpose of our existence will assure us of life eternal.

Turn to God with gladness and accept the indwelling of His Spirit, and Jesus will be our brother. As he said—in Matthew 12:50 KJV “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” This is wonderful news and that is a promise. It’s about Jesus and what he has done for us, as the 2nd person and it is about us the 3rd person that made the godhead complete—The Trinity. Life with hope to be within the godhead is far better than life outside of it.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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