Although by his own admission, Paul was not an eloquent man, he was an erudite man when it comes to his writings. So it is not a mistake when he chooses some words to describe himself or any other person or matter.
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In Paul’s First Epistle to Timothy, we read the following words,
That was how Paul started his letter to Timothy, his protegee.
As someone who was guided and supported by him, Paul didn’t want Timothy to be in doubt as to his identity, title, authority and command. So he had to spell everything out right from the word go.
When you take a look at those carefully chosen words of Paul’s, you can see the points he made by the way he started the letter:
- This letter is from Paul, not from any other person.
- This Paul is an Apostle, not a lesser title.
- The Apostleship was authorised by God, not by man.
- This God is Jesus Christ our Saviour. Make no mistake about it.
- The Saviour is the one who gives us hope. No other person.
Paul said the same thing in his letter to the Gentiles:
Paul’s identity – knowing who you are
“This letter is from Paul,” – not from any other person. He didn’t even say from “Saul of Tarsus.”
He was once popularly referred to as Saul of Tarsus, but not any more. He now preferred to be known by his other name Paul, his Roman identity.
As Saul he was “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,” (Acts 9:1).
As Saul, he was a ruthless persecutor who was bent on destroying the early believers in Christ. He supervised the killing of deacon Stephen, a man who left for us one of the greatest examples of forgiveness in the Bible.
Do you know who you are? I hope you are not suffering from an identity crisis? That happens when you don’t fully embrace who you are in Christ.
As a believer in Christ, you are no longer who you used to be. Instead of a wicked nature, you have now been imbued with a loving nature from God.
Paul’s title – knowing what you are called to do
Paul didn’t have the privilege of being one of the twelve disiciples that directly walked with Jesus Christ on the streets of Jerusalem, but he was no less a disciple.
He was as an apostle. An apostle is a sent one” or a “messenger.”
Jesus had called his disciples to work with Him while he was on earth. But He called Paul from Heaven after His resurrection and sent him as a special messenger to the Gentiles.
Paul’s divine calling was spectacular and the purpose of his calling was very clear – to “take my message [the Gospel of Christ] to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.”
Have you found your calling? If yes, have you answered the call?
Paul’s authority – knowing Who sent you
Yes, Paul was an Apostle, a sent one. But he didn’t send himself. Jesus did.
He was “an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.”
Many people call themselves Apostles but Jesus did not appoint them to be so. Unfortunately if Jesus did not appoint you as an Apostle, you will not have his authority.
The authority of apostleship is given to those who are called as apostles.
Just like like Paul, an apostle appointed “by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope” is a man of authority. He is a true apostle. Note a pretender. Not an impostor.
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Apostle Paul was no ordinary person. He was a man divinely called as an Apostle to the Gentiles. He understood his calling and the authority behind him.
You can learn from him not to take any title on you except to the extent that you have the command of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
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