KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 15:26. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We bring the curtain down on the character study of Paul. What kind of man was Apostle Paul?
Apostle Paul was an outstanding successful servant of Christ. His success was not the worldly concept of success. The worldly success is to possess wealth and to be of great affluence. He was successful in revealing Jesus to his world. Galatians 1:16 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”
Paul lived as a dead man for Christ. Acts 20:24 ” But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”.
He did not live to be wealthy but lived to lift the name of Jesus high up in all men. 2 Corinthians 6:10 “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things”.
He was a deeply spiritual man. Philippians 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
He was given an abundance of revelations concerning the dispensation of grace. Ephesians 3:2, 4 ” If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you ward:
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”
To fulfill his mission, he survived a lot of death threatening circumstances. 1 Corinthians 15:31 ” I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily”.
He never married or had any child so he could effectively fulfill his mission.1 Corinthians 7:33 ” But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.”
He met his death as a Victor and a fulfilled person. 2 Timothy 4:6-7 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
If a man of like passions has been so successful why can’t you also be so successful. Take a clue from him and do great things for Jesus.
Father in the name of Jesus I receive grace and the heart to live a fearless life for you. Lord I surrender all to honor your name alone.