Chapter One, Lesson Three
THE CALL OF GOD Page
** What does Paul offer that would silence any criticism
by the Judaizers who would charge that Paul had been taught this gospel
V.16 - "...I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood..."
V.17 - "...nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles
** What might have been some good reasons for someone in Paul's position
to go "to those who were apostles before" him?
1) To share their walk with the Lord
2) To share their conversion to Christ
3) To fellowship with others of like precious faith
V.17 ** So, what did Paul do?
"...I went away to Arabia..." If you check your maps in the
back of your Bible, you can see the area Paul is describing, just east
** Why did he do that? What happened during this time of Paul's life?
The apostle went to spend three years with Jesus Christ, just as the
other apostles had during the earthly ministry of Jesus. This is when
our Lord fulfilled His promise of Acts 9:16, namely, "I will show
him how much he must suffer for My name's sake."
** After spending time with the Lord in Arabia, where did the apostle
He went back to Damascus, the place of his calling. You can see his
return recorded in the middle of verse 19, of Acts, chapter 9. Let's
look back at that passage again together. The three years with the Lord
is in the middle of that verse.
** Upon his return to Damascus, do you suppose that Paul was shy or fearful
about sharing the gospel?
Absolutely not! According to verse 20 of Acts, chapter 9, He "immediately
began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, 'He is the Son of
Paul was so effective that Luke says he was "proving that this
Jesus is the Christ" (V.22).
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