He was arguably the most schooled author in the New Testament…
And that’s not the end of the description of his theological acumen…
The Apostle Paul wrote almost a half (in number) of the books of the New Testament.
It is important to observe that the content that this Apostle wrote has been an extremely helpful interpretation and application of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the church.
Peter refers to Paul’s writings as having been written “according to the wisdom given unto him…” Furthermore, those who wrest Paul’s writings, as they do other scriptures, “are doing it to their destruction” (2Peter 3:15-16).
Prior to his conversion, Paul was persecuting the church of Jesus Christ with untold passion. He stood by and helped the people who stoned Stephen to death in Acts 7:58.
In his own words, Paul was the finest of Jews, and blameless as touching the righteousness that was in the law, before his encounter with Christ…(Phil 3:6).
Well, it is this same man that becomes one of the most important persons in the history of Christianity after Christ.
While warning against false preachers who claimed to be apostles, Paul states that he was not “a whit behind the very chiefest apostles’ (2Cor 11:5).
..But I noticed something else very striking about Paul: His humility!
Here is a man who receives revelations directly from God (Galatians 1:12)…
…a man that was used by God to write Scripture…
By his own account, he is “less than the least of all saints” and has been given “this grace” that he “should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).
In 1Timothy 1:15 Paul writes: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
The apostle’s humility and admirable character is in full display here; he knew how sinful he had been, and so, irrespective of his profundity and blessedness, he admits that he is a sinner; He had been a great enemy of the church, so much so that he needed a special appearance of The Risen Christ to be converted… And he attributes his conversion to the one who saved the chief of sinners- Jesus Christ.
If anyone of you feels so sinful, so fallen that they think that they are beyond rescue… I have news for you, Jesus Christ came to the world to save sinners, and he is willing to save you. Repent and start a new life in Christ.