Top 7 Bible Verses About Paul

Here are seven important Bible verses that relate to the Apostle Paul.

Romans 1:1-2 “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.”

Paul tells us all upfront just who did the calling and it wasn’t him. He became a servant, or as the Greek says, a slave for Jesus Christ. He was called, not by a church, but by Jesus Christ to be an apostle. He was set apart to be used by God to preach the gospel of God. This was promised long ago in the Old Testament by the prophets and only revealed in Jesus Christ in the gospels.

First Corinthians 15:9 “For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

The reason that the Apostle Paul considered himself to be the least of the apostles may have been because he saw himself “as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me” (1st Cor 15:8), but it may have been due to the fact that Paul was an extremely humble man. He may have actually been the greatest of the apostles but he would never say that, although he did say “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1st Cor 15:10) but he may have said that only because he did see himself as inferior to the other apostles because they had been with Christ during His earthly ministry.

Ephesians 3:8 “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Here again the Apostle Paul’s words reflect his great humility and God’s great mercy as he considers himself, not only the least of the apostles (1st Cor 15:9) but “the very least of all saints.” Why? Maybe it was because he was such an enemy of the church in the beginning and realized that God’s love was so great because his sin was so great. When we see ourselves as we are (Jer 17:9), then we will see how great the Savior is.

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Acts 20:24 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

Paul must have known something that the Ephesian elders didn’t and that’s why he said, “And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again” (Acts 20:25) and so “there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again” (Acts 20:37-38). What a heartbreaking, yet tender image of how much they loved Paul. They had seen with their own eyes how he had been “serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:19-21).

Romans 7:15 “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”

Romans chapter 7 is one of the most reassuring chapters in the Bible because it gives us all hope. Here was a spiritual giant, the Apostle Paul, still struggling with sin and writes, “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Rom 7:19) and as if he is desperate, cries out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death” (Rom 7:24) but then gives us the answer, writing “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 7:25a)! Don’t you still struggle with sin? We all do and we all will this side of heaven but there’s victory only in Jesus.

First Timothy 1:16 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”

This is the third verse where Paul humbly acknowledges that he sees himself as the foremost of sinners, but that’s probably because he was so close to God. The more we get to know God and the closer we get to Him, the more deplorable we see ourselves as a wicked, evil sinner…yet we are cleansed and made the very righteousness of God by Christ (2nd Cor 5:21). Paul is saved but he still honestly thinks of himself a sinner. Doesn’t that encourage you?

Second Timothy 4:16 “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!”

In the Apostle Paul’s very last letter before his death, he writes, “I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2nd Tim 4:6-8). Paul, in closing this last letter of his, confidently wrote: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (2nd Tim 4:18).

Conclusion

I love the Apostle Paul. He was considered the greatest missionary of his time and perhaps, in history, yet he still called himself the least of the apostles, the least of the saints, and the chief of sinners. This is why God used Paul so powerfully. God will never use anyone who has not first humbled themselves and made themselves small in their own eyes.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    No thinking person. No man with half a brain. No one not completely brainwashed or totally lacking in any critical thinking skills….could listen to this and still “believe” the absolute nonsense that is the bible and the faiths that grew up around it….Not a soul could ever buy into the absurdity “believers” cling to and defend against all reason.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kWydTSxUh8

    • Theophile

      Right…

      “From preponderance of the empirical evidence, using sound logic, critical reasoning skills, and rational thought, void of wishful childish thinking…. There just ain’t no way dirt was just created by their Creator God mentioned in their Bible….. because nothing is smarter than dirt!

      Dirt can take some:
      # Air..
      # Water..
      # Light..
      > And produce from it complex sugars, enzymes, fatty acids, etc…
      > Individually package these “foods” in a variety of delicious
      fruits & veggies…
      > Each containing easily stored, “compact cloning devices” for
      next season…

      But wait! The real intelligence of dirt is revealed by the tons of oxygen these devices return to the atmosphere daily on a global level, from the CO2 molecule….

      … Something man has not economically been able to do, even though his top minds have tried …. Dirt does it as a byproduct of the delicious fruits & veggies industry..

      Speaking of man, that’s another thing dirt came up with:

      # to animate itself,

      # cultivate the ground for it’s CO2 conversion apparatus,

      # and most importantly, to ponder the greatness of “Dirt”.

      Could there be an intelligence higher than dirt? That might of
      “instructed” dirt in these things?…..

      Like a Spirit that you can’t dig a hole in to get rid of things?…. That’s
      what those who call dirt worship “filthy” would like you to believe!
      … They’re just “agitators”**(the agitator is the part of a washing
      machine that gets the dirt out)

      …..But, the evidence for dirt’s existence is so abundant & strong! ….

      Thus Dirt is superior in intellect for the Atheists in every way, And thus dirt is deserving of their worship..

      Some even kill over dirt, holes in the dirt… where dirt is found, It’s always
      considered patriotic to fight & die for dirt, hundreds of gallons of men’s
      blood has flown into the dirt over lines on the dirt…

      Just consider the sacrifices made in Dirt’s name by all our ancestors!

      SO! Lets get to worshiping dirt!…

      .Now the highest form of dirt according to man is “man” so, lets
      worship ourselves.. !O_o!

      WOoHoo!

      Anyway, back to Genesis….

      The rocks in time compress your blood to oil….

      Your flesh to coal…

      Enrich the soil?…

      Not everybody’s goal.

      * … read more @ ERROR dot con…. 😉 …. In “ERROR” our motto is:

      “ Dirt worship is NOT filthy when it’s in the form of one’s self!””

      …. The free thinking(free from thought)atheist is “certain” there is no God, their faith in their “Belief In Blank(BIB)” is unshakable. … To avoid being asked to provide “evidence”, empirical, theoretical, circumstantial, or hypothetical, the typical atheist(like Darwin, the failed theologian) will take the more reserved position of “agnostic” .. In order to understand this position better, we look at the etymology/root of the word from the Greek “Gnosis” or “Knowledge”. Since the prefix of an “A” to a Greek
      root means “not” or “without”, we can conclude the “without-knowledge/agnostic” to be the “safe haven” of the fools mentioned in Psalms 14 & 53 … !O_o!

      • pud

        Adding an additional step (a god) is less probable than a theory with fewer steps. Adding a layer of complexity makes a given theory less likely to be correct than one that doesn’t require an extra layer.

        Arguments from incredulity and ignorance can be dismissed out of hand.

        I take it by your incoherent simple minded reply that you didn’t bother to listen to the audio book

  • Theophile

    Hi Jack,

    My “top verse” concerning Paul would have to be Acts 23:6

    “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee:…”

    ## I like to quote it to folks that claim God’s law(like venerating His 7th day Sabbath instead of sun-god-day), is done away and I am “being a Pharisee” for disagreeing & claiming “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”. … even though Jesus & Abraham said so.(Luke 16:31)