He let people know that he studied under Gamaliel which was a doctor in Jewish Law. Jesus couldn’t have picked a more suitable man for the task to convert Jews to Christianity. He understood his rights as being a dual citizen of Rome and Israel. He knew exactly how far he could push the boundaries and he pushed them to the limits becoming bolder and bolder. He never coward down. Paul let everyone know that he was on an assignment for Jesus Christ that he had been selected, and he took his appointment very serious. He was dedicated to his new Christian faith. He knew from his personal Jewish studies that Jesus Christ was the real Messiah. And he understood how the Jews tried to hide and conceal it. And his life was constantly threatened by them because he spoke the truth.
Paul had a righteous anger towards them and would have to often defend himself against them.
Acts 22:2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said: 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. 6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me? 8 “Who are you, Lord? I asked.
“I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. 10 “What shall I do, Lord? I asked.
“Get up,” the Lord said, “and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.” 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me. 12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, “receive your sight!” And at that very moment, I was able to see him. 14 “Then he said: The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
Paul became very defensive about his ministry. He took several physical beatings. He was put in prison. He received constant death threats, but he let nothing get in the way of his ministry.
Acts 23:12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
The Jewish leaders were obsessed with destroying and killing Paul.
This kind of spirit tries to infiltrate the mind of American citizens today that Christians are bad and we should be exterminated. We see this with some far left liberals and ANTIFA which is a limb extended from liberal hate. There's no doubt that Satan is trying to take over America, we see it in the news and the far left principles that we have been stuck to live with.
God's timing is right for the spirit of Paul to change laws here, it's going to take the boldness of Paul that defended and stood for Jesus Christ.
Paul the defender of the law.
He was the defense attorney defending the legal rights of Christianity and freedom of speech. When the Jews would be threatened by his teachings they would send in violent hate crowds to try to distract him and scare him. But Paul couldn’t be distracted or scared. He would finish what he came to say even if it meant a physical beating or flogging after he spoke.
The Jewish leaders couldn’t stand him and plotted his death many times. There were those no matter what he said he couldn’t reach them. They had no ears to hear.
Acts 28:23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement. “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 26 “Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” 27 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. 28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen! 30 For two whole years, Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ-with all boldness and without hindrance.
When I look today and see the similarities of Jay Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) he too was a convert from Judaism to Christianity, and the cases he takes to defend Christians in America. I see great similarities. Jay is the great bold defender of Christian rights and like Paul, he knows the laws inside out. It would be interesting to see these two meet one day and talk about the people and the cases they defended in the name of Jesus Christ in their lifetimes. Jay Sekulow is now the attorney to President Trump. Isn’t it very interesting with the persecution of Christians in America and how President Trump is persecuted by the liberal media that God would choose a man like Jay Sekulow to be his attorney, that has the same spirit as Paul? It will be interesting to see as the following days and years play out and how God is using Jay to change the minds and laws in America to favor Christian beliefs! President Trump couldn't have a better attorney or someone on his team!
The Attributes of Paul
- He was Jewish that converted to Christian
- He was bold about his Christian Faith
- He had a heart for the weaker and unfortunate.
- He could get to anyone’s level intellectually.
- He never saw himself above anyone else.
- He was the prosecutor that turned into the great defender of Christian rights!
- The great conversion of Saul into Paul: Saul the cold-hearted Jew to Paul the soft hearted Christian
- He never took credit himself for the people that were healed. He knew it was the outstretched hands and arms of Jesus Christ.
- Paul found strength through humility.
- He taught us to praise God in times of trouble to push threw the storm in life.
- He taught us perseverance and to never give up in what we believe!
Paul was one of the most beloved Apostles of his time!
Attorney Jay Sekulow may not be raising people from the dead, but one thing for sure he’s raising Christian values in America.
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