I find the Apostle Paul to be the most remarkable of all the NT participants concerning the birth, and growth of the Church. Without him Christianity may not have spread to the West, nor perhaps survived. His conversion to Christ Jesus, is a powerful confirmation to the World of our Resurrected Lord, and the foreordained Plan of God to save all Mankind.
There is much we can learn from the life of the Apostle Paul. Far from ordinary, Paul was given the opportunity to do extraordinary things for the kingdom of God. The story of Paul is a story of redemption in Jesus Christ and a testimony that no one is beyond the saving grace of the Lord. However, to gain the full measure of the man, we must examine his dark side and what he symbolized before becoming “the Apostle of Grace.” Paul’s early life was marked by religious zeal, brutal violence, and the relentless persecution of the early church. Fortunately, the later years of Paul’s life show a marked difference as he lived his life for Christ and the advancement of His kingdom.