Paul was one of the greatest apostle of Christ in history. Though Paul is a great man of God, there are some who believe he was a false apostle. We will list why Paul was a true apostle of God.
Paul, was a Pharisee from a generation of Pharisees, who used to persecute followers of Jesus Christ (Acts 23:6, Acts 8:1-3). After Jesus Christ made him blind, Paul began to change as a person (Acts 9:5-9). He instantly became a follower of Jesus Christ, spreading the gospel and performing miracles.
2. Holy Spirit As Witness
Throughout the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit has been guiding Paul as he guided Jesus Christ (Acts 9:12, Acts 21:4, Acts 16:6). Through the Holy Spirit, Paul was able to perform signs, miracles, and wonders just as Jesus Christ did (Acts 14:10, Acts 16:18, Acts 19:6, Acts 19:11-12).
Throughout the Bible, God punished false prophets (Jeremiah 28:15-17, 1 Kings 18:40, Acts 13:8-11, Revelation 20:10). If Paul was a false apostle, God wouldn’t have filled Paul with his spirit in order to spread the gospel. The Holy Spirit would have killed Paul like he did to Ananias and his wife (Acts 5:3-10).
3. Support From Others
Peter who was one of Jesus’ disciples supported Paul (2 Peter 3:15-16, Galatians 1:18). Peter was also filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4, Acts 4:8, Acts 11:5, Acts 10:44-48). Since Peter was(Acts 5:3). There are also other historical texts that support Paul was a true apostle (The Epistle of Clement,
4. Taking Up His Cross
Jesus Christ states, “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:38-39. Paul lived a life of following the life of Christ and took up his cross. Paul dedicated his life spreading the gospel no matter what. He was stoned and left for dead (Acts 14:19). He was imprisoned for delivering a woman from a fortune telling spirit (Acts 16:16-23). He was beaten by an idol maker while people deserted him (2 Timothy 4:14-16). Paul was beheaded in Rome. If Paul was a false apostle, he would not continue to spread a false message after the first misfortune. He would have move to another country when executions took place for followers of Christ.
5. His Love Shines Forth
Paul showed extreme affections of love to both God and other people. When he and Silas were in prison, instead of complaining they sung praises to God. When the earthquake broke out in prison, the prison guard was going to commit suicide. Paul stopped him assuring him everyone was here and converted him to be a follower of Christ (Acts 16:25-34). Paul always reminded his followers to encourage each other (Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Thessalonians 4:18). Under the power of Nero Caesar, Christians were to blame for the economy decline especially in idol temples. So Christians were being executed in cruel ways such as being burned alive, eaten alive by lions, etc.
Why did God choose Paul?
God choose Paul to preach to the Gentiles and not the Jewish people to demonstrate the gift of grace that God has given to the world through his crucifixion (John 3:16). Paul was a man who destroyed homes and lives in the past. However he became a new man once Jesus Christ delivered him (2 Corinthians 5:17). This as Christians gives us hope that we can become a new person as well when God’s hand is in our lives.
What about his teachings?
Some argue that Paul’s teachings contradicts the rest of the Bible and what Jesus Christ taught but this is not true. Paul’s teachings were taught by Jesus Christ himself through visions (Acts 9:15, 2 Corinthians 12:2-5). God visits people through visions and dreams (Acts 10:10-17, Ezekiel 1:4-3:14, Isaiah 6).
Grace & Faith
Paul taught both the fundamentals of grace and faith (Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 4:15-16). By God’s grace (favor) you have been saved if you believe and have faith in Jesus Christ that you will have an eternal life (Romans 3:22-10:15, 1 Thessalonians 4:14, Romans 5:1). This does not contradict what Jesus Christ teaches (John 3:16). Grace also known as favor has been a common theme in the Bible (Nehemiah 2:5, Esther 5:2, Esther 7:3, Ruth 2:13, 1 Samuel 1:18, Judges 6:17, Genesis 18:3). Paul taught without faith, you can not please God (Hebrews 11:6). This does not contradict what the rest of the Bible states. One great example is in the story with Moses.
Paul taught that food doesn’t make us closer to God (1 Corinthians 8:8). He taught this because of the food restrictions in the Law of Moses conflicted with the traditions of other nations. Most Gentiles at that time were still accustomed to eat sacrificial food to idols (1 Corinthians 8:7). Paul taught that praying over the food will make it clean (1 Timothy 4:4-5).
The Law of Moses
Paul taught that the Law of Moses brought death, and Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:7-8, Colossians 2:11). Jesus Christ teaches this indirectly (John 6:48-54, John 7:19, John 8:5-7, Luke 16:22-28). If not one person can keep the Law of Moses, and the penalty of sin is death (Genesis 2:17, Psalm 55:23, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:13-15) then the old covenant only brought death to people, whether righteous & evil. Paul still acknowledged the Law of Moses of as being Holy (Romans 7:12).
Paul Was Not Perfect
Thanks to Adam and Eve, no man on Earth is perfect. Our hearts contain wickedness due to our sinful nature (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:18-19). Not one human vessel whom God used in the past was perfect (2 Kings 2:23-24, Judges 16:1, 2 Samuel 11:2-4, Numbers 20:10-11) . This is why God had to come into this world as Jesus Christ.
Taking the Bible as God Breathed
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16. This is why Jesus Christ argued with Satan using Bible scriptures instead of commanding his angels to fight him (Matthew 4:3-10). You can not say that you have faith in Jesus Christ, the living word but do not have faith in the Bible which is God’s word.
God honor his word more than his own name (Psalm 138:2). If God honor his word that much then there is no way he would allow false teachings to intertwine with something so holy as his word, the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19, Deuteronomy 4:2). The Bible emphasizes how holy God is (Leviticus 10:3, 1 Chronicles 13:9-10, Exodus 3:5, Joshua 5:15, Leviticus 11:44, Revelation 4:8, Isaiah 6:3).
Don’t be Deceived!
Fellow Christians, don’t be deceived! God can not be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Our God is not a God of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). The Bible warns us that in the end times there will be many who fall away from their faith due teachings that are straight from the pit of Hell (Matthew 24:10-11, 1 Timothy 4:1-2). Real men and women of God are taught by the Holy Spirit himself, not by human beings (Proverbs 2:6-7, 1 Corinthians 2:13).
So be careful and test every spirit that is in you and in others to see it is of God (1 John 4:1-3, 2 Corinthians 13:5). Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5.