Let’s be real for a moment. Whether you realize it or not, Paul is arguably the most misunderstood person in all of the Scriptures. However, you may find that assessment quite odd. The reason for this is, generally, we as believers read our views, our culture, how we think and act, into the Scriptures when we read them. In addition we’ve had a Paul preached and taught to us that we accept without question more often than not.
(Please see the link to the audio teaching below)
What is rather fascinating is Peter, a contemporary of Paul who interacted with him face to face, had something quite shocking to say about Paul that we, believers nearly 2,000 years removed from the events of the first century which live in an entirely different culture and carry a very different mindset, need to take to heart. These are his words (2 Peter 3:15-16);
“And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.”
After pondering these words from Peter the question that arises next is this; Can we, given the difference in culture, time and generally lacking any clue of the culture and values of this time, really expect to pick up the Scriptures, read a few words of Paul, and walk away being confident that we understand him with unwavering confidence?
The following is a teaching wherein we lay a foundation for who Paul is. And who Paul isn’t. We look closely at his own words, and let him testify about himself. We explore what it would have looked like for him to ‘Follow Yeshua (Jesus).’
We pray that this is an encouragement and blessing to you.
Part 1: The Apostle Paul – Theological Chameleon? The Foundation – Pt 1
Part 2: The Apostle Paul – Theological Chamelon? Part 2