Paul the Unique
Paul the apostle is unique. After the resurrection of Christ, Jesus had to find a unique individual who was highly gifted and flexible of mind to apply the meaning of his death, burial and resurrection to the Gentiles, non-Jews. The man He found was a persecutor of the church and He recruited him to become the apostle to the Gentiles as Paul wrote about himself in Galatians. This unique man and his unique mission was recognized by the leaders of the early church as Paul wrote.
But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.
7 But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised (Gal 2:6-7)
Not only was he commissioned by Christ, but he was also recognized for his unique ministry by the other Jewish apostles who were deeply involved in taking the gospel to the Jews. The more we understand the mission of Paul, the more we will understand that we are not under the rules of the law but under the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Christ.
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