Do people get anything wrong with Saul’s Conversion?

What is misunderstood in this conversion by Saul of Tarsus?

I think that in a society where it’s easy to get into he said/she said arguments about what people think and feel is true, that when it comes to the Holy Bible and what we are saying of it… needs to be based in facts not feelings or opinions. So for me the “Conversion of Saul of Tarsus” to “Paul the Apostle” is one that I thought I knew, but seems now… really didn’t. Here is what I “thought I knew”….

I was taught to teach that “there was a man named Saul of Tarsus who was a Pharisee and went about persecuting the christian religion. That one day JESUS met him on the road to Damascus and converted him to Paul the Apostle. That Jesus changed his name right then and there, that before the conversion Saul was a devout religious Jew, and after the conversion he had the new religion of Christianity”…. wait, that’s all correct, isn’t it?

Today I want to take you on a Paul journey. We will look at his life, who he was, and why the conversion story is real, but also parts of that story don’t match what the Holy Bible says.

I’m going to take this as we are in a court of law, and submit my evidence. Explain what the evidence is saying, then let you decide. I’m not trying to change your mind here, merely point out what we’ve been taught, doesn’t match what’s already been written in the Holy Book of our Faith. Let’s get into it.

Paul was born Saul… we know this because the text of the Bible tells us this. We know that around 5 A.D. Saul of Tarsus was born in Tarsus, of the province of Cilicia within the Roman Empire. This means that after Messiah/Christ had lived and faced the cross. Every wonder when reading the Bible what that meant? Well, we’re going to break into that wondering with some truth.

Let’s turn to Acts 22 and see about Saul of Tarsus early years.

““I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭22:3‬

We see Paul testifying about who he is, to the authorities. He states “I was born a Jew”. This is right away powerful. For those who doubt Saul of Tarsus was a Jew, he says that he was. Not only that… but studied under Gamliel. This means that Saul was no ordinary Jew. He was studied, who was Gamliel? Yeah, we need to give you something about him too.

Gamaliel the Elder, or Rabbān Gamlīyʾēl haZāqēn in Hebrew or in Greek Gamaliēl ho Presbýteros, or even Rabban Gamaliel I was a powerful man. He was the leading authority in the Sanhedrin in the early First Century A.D.. He was also the son of Simeon ben Hillel, and grandson of the great teacher Hillel the Elder. So, Gameliel was a prominent and powerful Rabbi/Teacher in his day. It would be like going to study under a king or president. Only the best of the best would be picked by this man to have study under him. They would have to be well versed in the Torah and certainly would have to be able to grasp complex teachings of the Torah. This would be like a master class, not a basic study. Nevertheless we see Saul of Tarsus attending the study under Gamliel.

Saul was on the fast track to being a “made man” in “The Faith” so to speak. By the way “The Faith” isn’t a religion, it’s the Faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. According to those walking out the New Testament. During and after the New Testament this “Faith” would come to include the Fathers Son also.

So we have Saul of Tarsus born a Jew and well versed in the Torah. So much so he studied under Gamaliel. I feel like many forget this fact immediately upon Sauls Conversion. We also can see Saul was zealous for the Torah and for Father/God.

However we need to understand something else, Saul of Tarsus was a Pharisee. Let’s see that.

“circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭

We can clearly see Saul of Tarsus declaring himself as being a Pharisee. What exactly does “Pharisee” mean? This means that those walking this out were strictly bound to the Torah. They walked the Law out in the most strictest sense, leaving no room for outside influences over what the Torah actually says. They were the strictest branch of said faith. However, besides being a “Hebrew of Hebrews” Saul of Tarsus had another identity he had inquired also. We need to look at this too.

Remember, originally Saul said Born in Tarsus, in the province of Cilicia? This was located within the Roman Empire. So not only was Saul Hebrew, but he was also Greek. We need to explore this as well.

“And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭22:25‬

Saul was also a Roman Citizen. This is also a big deal, as a Roman Citizen he would have access to scholarly studies. Being a Roman Citizen had privilege and status. Being a Pharisee also came with that scholarship, privilege and status. Saul of Tarsus had both. This is greatly important to the study of Saul.

Also he was a true Israelite. He stated he was of the tribe of Benjamin. Having this lineage also was important to his story.

Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin, thus an Israelite. He was a Pharisee, a Jew, a Roman Citizen and had all the statuses and entitlements that all would have for each classification. What we need to do now, is examine the issue of Sauls conversion. We need to take this slow as possible, to prove that what we have been told doesn’t match the words actually Written in our Bibles. Before we start there, let’s see one last point.

If we look to Acts, Chapter 9 we find said conversion. Remember we are told that Jesus changed Sauls name to Paul after the conversion. Or that God changed his name. We need to see if this is true.

As we start this out, I want to be clear here… I’m going to show you what the Holy Bible says. So this way, I’m not just some guy talking and offering nothing to back up what I’m saying. I’m showing you the evidence, not making stuff up. I’m not asking you to believe me, instead asking you to study the Word of God.

Let’s start our study of Sauls Conversion.

“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:3-4‬

We can see that Yeshua/Jesus calls Saul…. “Saul” not Paul. So I want to establish that. I strongly suggest reading the whole passage. I will only pick the verses I need to put of that passage, so I’m suggesting reading for yourself also. Saul is called Saul by Yeshua/Jesus. No name change yet. Also as of this moment Saul is still a Hebrew, Israelite, Jew, Pharisee, and Roman Citizen.

Now in the next few verses (if you’re reading along with me) that Yeshua/Jesus and Saul of Tarsus discuss Saul persecuting those who follow Yeshua/Jesus, thus persecuting Messiah/Christ Himself. When asked “what do you want me to do”…. Saul is told. Saul (still as Saul) goes and does what Messiah/Christ says. The thing is, after the Conversion Moment, Saul is Still Saul. Not yet been given the Name Paul. (Or had he been)…. more to come on this in a bit.

“Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:8‬ ‭

Saul, after his conversion is actually still Saul of Tarsus. Yeshua/Jesus didn’t rename him. There was no “you’ve been converted to Paul” moment at all handed to us. This is now post conversion and Saul (not Paul) gets up and heads to the next town as told to.

Perhaps at the next town over, those followers give Saul a new name. Or perhaps Yeshua/Jesus makes another visit and does that. Let’s see how this unfolds.

“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:17-18

So we have “brother Saul” no mention of Paul yet. Perhaps post baptism we will see this happen. The rest of Chapter Nine refers to him always as Saul. Chapter Ten… Saul. Chapter Eleven… Saul. Chapter Twelve… yes you guessed it, still Saul. It would seem that Saul didn’t get his name changed by Yeshua/Jesus after all. This presents us the issue of accepting the line from the church that “Jesus changed Saul to Paul”. We have to accept that this (according to scripture) didn’t happen as we are told to believe.

I would like to continue with Sauls name for a minute longer if you will permit me to explain.

“who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭

We see in verse seven he is still called Saul. But then in verse thirteen he is now called Paul.

“Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭13:13‬

Wait, did we miss God or Christ making that change? The answer will surprise you. No!!!

“Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭13:9‬

Saul who is also called Paul. In verse nine we have it made known that Saul is also called Paul. This man, and many others like him had two names. But why?

Being Hebrew in a Roman occupied territory meant you had a Hebrew name (one that the Jews knew you by) and also a Greek name (one that the Romans knew you by) and Saul/Paul would use the name of himself the people he was speaking to would understand. It was really this simple. What I do not see from scripture is Yeshua (His Hebrew name) /Jesus (His English Name) changing Sauls name to Paul. Nor do I see Father/God change his name either. Sure He did this with people like Abraham and Sarah, however not Saul to Paul. The reasoning was actually a language one. Nothing more or less.

We know that Paul and Saul are English names. However did you know Saul in Hebrew was actually “Shaul” or “Sha’ul“ or an equivalent of that. Not Saul. So I think by now you can see how the two name thing works. But, lets see Paul in Greek… Paulus is Paul in Greek. I hope this explains this in a way that we can all see that the truth is key in what we believe. Also how Paul got this name over his given of Saul. I hope this helps you grasp the issue of His name Biblically.

Alright, the next thing I desire to investigate for our study is we can clearly see “Sauls Conversion” took place. The question is, did Paul trade Pharasitic Judaism for the religion of Christianity? What was this conversion about? What really changed for Saul? Let’s see if we can find out.

“As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” Acts‬ ‭8:3‬

We see that Saul persecuted “the church”. We know that Saul was zealous for the Law/Torah of Father/God. So much so, that he persecuted the followed of Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus.

“I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭22:4-5‬ ‭

Why did Saul reject this Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus? The reality is lots of reasons. First during this time the Jewish/Hebrew people were under Roman Rule. Disturbances against Rome by the Hebrews could bring roman soldiers to make it harder for the Jews and worse… kill the Hebrew Jewish people. Keeping political and religious peace was key for all people to thrive. But for Roman people an imperative. The people often outnumbered Roman Occupying forces. So Rome saw non citizens a threat. They must be kept under control or risk a mass revolt. Paul took odds with Yeshua/Jesus because…. of a few things.

One of the main issues was that Pharisees saw only the sins of the people. Yeshua/Jesus was in the company of sinners a lot. This was a huge problem for the Pharisees. In a world filled with religious uncleanness, Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus was not keeping Rabbinic traditions. He was not staying away from those “unclean” sinners. Instead He was going to them and often preaching/teaching and delivering those people. All the while speaking against the religiously devout and the rich. Speaking against those who “knew” they were good with God, or so they thought. This was only the first issue.

This Jewish/Hebrew Rabbi Yeshua was saying He was the Son of God, and also forgiving sins. No man can forgive sins. So this was another huge issue. He was calling out the sins (1 John 3:4) of the religious leaders who preached the Law/Torah, but failed to actually live it out. He also was condemning the religious who were not walking selflessly, but instead did everything to get praise and feel holy. Not to mention this Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus was drawing very large crowds. The religious feared this biblical preacher would topple their religious traditions and cause people to abstain from mans ways and following the written word. We know this by what Yeshua/Jesus said to them.

“Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:1-3‬

The thing is today’s modern church still is doing the very same tradition over scripture practices the Pharisees and Teachers of Religious Law got yelled at by Messiah/Christ. We have followed Roman Men and failed to follow Gods Word as written.

Michael, what does this have to do with Paul’s Conversion? A lot actually. We’ve been lead to believe that A Jewish Pharisee/Roman Citizen suddenly was converted from Judaism to Christianity. That he stopped being a Pharisitic Jew and just walked out Christianity as it is today. The massively huge problem is… that’s not REALLY true. Not really.

I think for this we’ve established Shaul/Saul as a Hebrew, yet also Roman Citizen who was a dual citizen. We also established he says he is both. He testified in the court about his keeping the Law and having Faith in Messiah/Christ. Paul defends both His Jewishness and also His Roman Citizenship. Let’s again see that.

“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:3-11‬

Paul is NOT sounding like a Christian, but more like a Messianic Jew. One who keep the Law and has Faith in Messiah/Christ. However, sure this can be speculation until we see what Paul Observed as custom and tradition. Did he go to church on Sunday or Keep the Sabbath? Did he do Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, or did He observe Passover/Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Tabernacles? What did Paul actually observe?

First let’s see if Paul says that Grace nullifies the Law…

“Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” Romans‬ ‭3:31‬

We can see that Grace does NOT void the Law. according to Paul. However many would accuse Paul of saying this now, but at other parts denying the law. Those do not understand Paul. For those people Peter says he is too hard to understand.

“and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.”
‭‭II Peter‬ ‭3:15-16‬

So if Peter is saying this of Paul then, imagine what can be said of us now in 2021. In our modern sin loving generation. Yeah, we have just one side of Paul’s letters to guess at. Not the whole story.

With this said, what was Paul defending against when giving the Speech in Acts? How about the same thing he is still being defended for today….

“For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law.” Acts‬ ‭24:5-6‬

Paul was accused of defaming the temple and breaking the Law/Torah. Wait…. like how the church today says Paul says no more Law? Yes, that’s exactly it.

“while he answered for himself, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭25:8‬

Paul stands up for his carrying out the Law even. So if Paul was preaching against the Law as many believe… he would be breaking the law. It’s this simple. Which he states he never does. So, if all scripture is fit for doctrine it must be the truth. So Paul must be blameless for not broken the Law. Yep, that’s logical. Common sense even.

Let’s see if he kept the Sabbath and Festivals?

“Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:1-2‬

Paul’s custom was to go into synagogue on the Sabbath Day. Just like the custom of the Jewish/Hebrew people today. He did go to reason but in the scriptures. Also to prove Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus was the Messiah/Christ. But still, he went there as a Jew doing Jewish things as was the custom.

“But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭13:14‬

That’s just two passages for going to synagogue on Shabbat Day. But wait, there are zero verses for attending holidays like we have today. Zero!!!

However, we have Paul and others attending synagogue of the Sabbath Day. Also have them going to the observances of the Law. Let’s take a couple of those too. Just a couple as there are a bunch.

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:1‬

“When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭18:20-21‬

Yes, Paul and the disciples Kept the Leviticus 23 festivals, never once keeping the pagan holidays we observe. Wait let me also share one more…

Paul fulfills the Nazarene Vow according to the Law/Torah for four men.

“And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭21:20-22‬

Paul stands accused of teaching Jews who are mixed in with Gentiles to forsake the Torah/Law. So Paul is told about four men taking this vow and it’s suggested to Paul to show He keeps the Law… to fulfill those vows.

If the Law was abolished why did Paul participate in something of no use to prove he kept the Law that was made void. That would be just plain stupid. We don’t practice satanism to prove we are not satanists do we? No!!! Ridiculous.

Paul was asked to fulfill those vows of the four men, to prove that HE KEPT THE LAW!!!

By attending Synagogue on the Sabbath Day Paul proved he didn’t convert from Pharasaic Judaism to Christianity. By keeping Leviticus 23 festivals Paul proved he didn’t convert from Pharasaic Judaism to Christianity. By fulfilling vows found in Torah Paul proved he didn’t convert from Pharasaic Judaism to Christianity.

It’s my understanding that Paul converted to Messianic Judaism if anything. Paul was a traditional Jewish man who kept and taught Torah, but believed in Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus, and knew He was the long awaited Messiah/Christ the Jewish people had been waiting for. We know Paul declares he is following “The Way” and is said to be a “Nazarite”. This gets us deeper into Paul.

“For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭24:5‬

“Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself, because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. “Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation, in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult. They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me. Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council, unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.’ ””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭24:10-21‬

Paul kept the and observed Torah/Law/Instructions and also followed the Prophets. Yet with these things he also maintained his faith in Rabbi Yeshua/Teacher Jesus as the Messiah/Christ. He is one of the first messianic Jews. Or, one of the first Nazarite Jews. Those Nazarite Jews still exist today even. In this time the Messianic Jews are more prominent than the Nazarite Jews. But they are indeed very similar. Equally as similar to the Gentiles who shared this faith. The first century christians. Who were called Nazarites, or claimed “The Way”. Though by the third to fourth centuries the “Church” changed its beliefs, substantially departing from the Word of God (as written) and chose to follow traditions of the religious leaders instead. This is evident by the instituting of a change from Sabbath to Sunday, Holy Days to holidays of pagan and secular origins. With denouncing the Law/Torah/Instructions as being not valid, placing congregants in danger of falling into sin, because of preaching the Law and Sin is no more since the work of the cross.

Changes that are not found in the Word of God, never taught or warned about by Messiah/Christ, never believed or followed or taught by the disciples. Not one time mentioned ever by the Father or His Son. We do however have a strong warning by Messiah/Christ about religious traditions replacing the actual Word of God. Man’s traditions by religious leaders replacing the Torah/Law/Instruction.

“Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “ All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God ), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭7:5-13‬

We have had generations of deviation, which cause us to simply walk blindly into these wicked ways. Just like in times past of the Bible. Let’s see one such place.

“And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘ If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’”
‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭1:5-9‬ ‭

We see when we repent and return as a people, He returns to us. Will collect is from where we are scattered among the nations, and yes give us blessings. So, for us to say that Paul converted religions is the same as saying Jesus did away with Gods Law, or that Paul did away with Gods Law, when presented with scripture and biblical evidence… it just doesn’t add up. We can see that Paul remained a Jew, believing in the Law, going to Synagogue on the Sabbath Day, attending the Holy Days, while keeping the Commandments/Law and preaching them. So what exactly was Paul converted to? If not a new religion… by means of Him observing all the “new changes, voided Law, and Holidays” yet still keeping everything actually found in the Bible? Do I ask my pastor, or myself… or the Word of God?

The Holy Bible is the Authority over us. Not us over the Bible.

““I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today. I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭22:3-5‬

Paul was so “on fire” for the Father and His Law/Torah that he persecuted the followers of Rabbi Yeshua/Christ Jesus believing they were leading people astray from the Word of God as written, and the real biblical faith.

““Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭22:6-8‬

Then he breaks down Messiah/Christ choosing him and now… he stands before men defending Christ. Paul was converted to following Messiah/Christ, not persecuting His people. Paul remained Lawful (kept the commandments) and also kept the faith in Messiah Christ. It’s this type of reason he is called a “Saint” according to some translations. We know in the end those who Keep the Law and the Faith in Christ will have some mentions in the book of Revelation, and things to expect. Let’s look.

“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭14:12‬

So if we look at Paul, we can see this man actually did that. Kept the Law and the Faith. Paul was a complex man. Could be labeled a Messianic Jew, Nazarite Jew, Member of The Way, Torah Observant Follower of Messiah/Christ, or simply a Whole Bible Believer. Paul born Shaul (Saul) was a Jewish man, yet also was a Roman Citizen. Was a Pharisee, yet also an Apostle to the Gentiles. Preached Torah and Christ. Loved the Father and His Law, yet also the freedom in His Son. Wherever Paul went he drew crowds, haters and opposition. But along the way Paul never let that water down his zeal and dedication. Regardless wether preaching in the streets, In synagogues or in gentile gatherings “churches” Paul never denounced the Law or Christ. Instead this man, who gets taken out of context so frequently preached both to such a degree that some found him hard to understand. Though a six month study on Paul, the things I’ve mentioned today only scratch the surface. I’m honored to have come to know this man, his zeal and drive for the Law and For Messiah. To end, I will challenge all those who believe Paul preached a voided Law to read just one simple verse once more…..

“Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:31‬

To establish doesn’t mean to make it void. Instead establish means…

To take it and make it binding.

If we read Paul out of context, we dishonor Paul. If we read Christ out of context then we deny Him. If Paul preached the Law was made void, when Messiah/Christ said…He didn’t abolish it, then we misunderstand Paul. Scripture cannot contradict itself, Paul cannot contradict Christ, and we shouldn’t contradict the Word of God.

I’ll leave you with the Words of Our Savior and a passage never preached in churches as a whole.

““Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:17-20‬ ‭

With this in mind do you believe Yeshua/Jesus or.. what men are telling you? Jesus and Paul or your Pastor? Who are you following? I choose Our Savior, His Father, and the Holy Bible, though His Spirit.

But if you say, your pastor… that’s fine just as long as he doesn’t clash with the Bible or Christ.

So I will say “thank you” to Paul for having explained that what we say of him is just as corrupt as what we say of a Christ. Neither Paul nor Christ did away with the Law. No, as Paul says “we establish it”.

Shalom, God Bless, and Good Day.

~Study to be approved

-Michael.

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