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Paul’s Flight out of Jerusalem

Simply put, the fact that among the believing community only Paul had to flee from Jerusalem goes on to emphasize that he was, indeed, preaching something different from what the Apostles preached in Jesus’ name. But why did he have to flee to Caesarea and then to Tarsus (Acts 9:30)? Why couldn’t he simply flee to Galilee or Perea, just as Jesus did when he got into trouble with the Jerusalem authorities? If he did so, he may have been able to stay more in touch with the Apostles and eventually return to Jerusalem when the climate was more accommodating. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Kingdom of God, Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem

 

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Paul Spoke Boldly in Jerusalem

Luke tells us in Acts 9:29 that Paul spoke boldly in the Grecian (or Hellenist) synagogues at Jerusalem. When he was at Damascus and spoke there boldly (Acts 9:27) of the Lord, Jesus, Paul had to flee for his life, and it seems it was no different for him during his short stay in Jerusalem (Acts 9:29-30). The Greek word that Luke used is found in the New Testament only nine times and is used of Paul in eight of those occurrences. It means, according to Strong’s Concordance, “to be frank in utterance, or confident in spirit and demeanor” (G3955). In other words, Paul spoke clearly and openly, laying his fate in the hands of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem

 

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Why Didn’t Peter Fully Embrace Paul?

It seems apparent to me that the Jerusalem church authorities understood that Paul received a commission from the Lord, but they didn’t understand it. They couldn’t fully embrace it at the time of Paul’s first visit to Jerusalem following his conversion. How do we know that they didn’t fully embrace Paul’s Gospel? It is because Peter needed a special revelation in order to treat gentiles just as he treated Jews (see Acts 10 and 11). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem

 

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Jerusalem’s Hesitancy to Agree with Paul

Once Paul was accepted as a sincere brother in the Lord by the Apostles at Jerusalem (Acts 9:27), this didn’t mean that Paul’s Gospel was fully embraced by the church authorities there. We receive a glimpse of Peter’s uneasiness with Paul’s understanding in Acts 10 when Peter actually needed a special vision from the Lord to change his point of view. James, the Lord’s brother and later apparent head of the Jerusalem church, didn’t make any official decision on Paul’s Gospel until Acts 15, a little over a decade after Paul’s first visit to Jerusalem. Nevertheless, an unwritten agreement between Paul and the leaders of the Jerusalem church seems to have been ironed out in the 15 days Paul spent with Peter (Galatians 1:18), during which time, he also seemed to have met with James, the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem

 

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No One in Jerusalem Believed Paul

Luke tells us that when Paul finally returned to Jerusalem after his conversion near Damascus three years previous, the brethren wouldn’t believe he was a true disciple (Acts 9:26). He was under suspicion from all sides. Certainly the high priest who sent him to Damascus knew Paul no longer supported the official understanding of what they referred to as the sect of the Nazarenes (Acts 24:5). However, when the brethren wouldn’t receive him as a new believer, Paul found himself alone in a hostile environment with no friends. What happened? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem

 

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When Did Paul Return to Jerusalem?

Paul in Jerusalem

from Google Images

I have yet one more thing to address concerning Paul in Damascus before I go on to discuss his stay in Jerusalem. How long was Saul (Paul) away from Jerusalem? Paul says in Galatians 1:17-18 that he didn’t return to Jerusalem for about 3 years after leaving there to arrest believers at Damascus. Yet, some critics seem to believe that Luke contradicts Paul making it seem like he returns to Jerusalem almost immediately after his conversion. Is this true? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem, Textual Criticism

 

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