Paul’s conversion to Christianity denotes a major shift in the manner the gospel was shared with others. Paul was the one who reached the outermost parts of the earth by reaching out to the Gentiles. His life symbolically portrays the hardships anyone who has been converted to Christianity may endure. While he was originally called Saul, his name changes to Paul within the book of Acts. This change of name has caused many theological questions and viewpoints on the reason for the change. I.
Paul was a Jew (Acts 22:3)
Paul had dual citizenship between Rome & Tarsus (Acts 22:24-28)
Saul was a Pharisee
Gamaliel who was a famous teacher taught Paul (Acts 22:3) 2.
Student of Law (Gal 1:13-14)
Saul Persecuted Christians
Consented to Stephen’s death (Acts 7:58)
Scriptures of persecution to church
Saul’s conversion is mentioned three times Acts(9:3-19)(22:6-16)(26 1.
There are similarities and differences is each account
Saul’s encounter with Christ (Acts 9:1-6)
Ananias is sent to Saul (Acts 9:10-16)
Saul vision restored (Acts 9:17-18)
Saul is baptized (Acts 9:18)
Saul Travels sharing the Gospel
Travel to Tarsus
Travel to Antioch
Travel to Rome
Saul’s name change
Reference to similarities to Saul son of Kirsh (13:21-32) 1.
Member of chosen people (Acts 13:1, I Sam 10:9-11)
Acts in anger (Acts 9:1-2)
King Saul tries to kill David & Saul from Tarsus tries to kill son of David (Acts 9:4)
Name change from Aramaic to Greek tongue
Saul also called Paul (Acts 13:9)
Defend himself among the believers
People were weary of him because he once persecuted the Christians
Face persecution from the Jews
Jews stone Paul (Acts 14:19–23)
Paul was imprisoned
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