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The Apostle Paul and John the Baptist

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The Apostle Paul and John the Baptist are two men with unique life experiences. They both lived two different lives, but are similar in so many ways. With their tenacity and zeal for the things of God, they both concurred the moment to present the way for us all!

The Apostle Paul and John the Baptist
The Apostle Paul, of Tarsus, wasn't always known by this name. Paul's name, before his conversion, was Saul. Saul was born in "Tarsus, which is the capital of Cilicia, a Roman province in the southeast of Asia Minor." Saul was a natural born Roman citizen, which was considered to be a privilege during those times. In his youth he picked up a trade as a tent builder. Eventually, he went off to school to further his education, studying Law at a great university. (Schnelle, U. 2005.) As Saul began to study the Law he grew fascinated with it and became a Pharisee. Pharisees believed that the Law should be followed to the letter. This group believed in God, but they did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. So, they set out to kill anybody who preached the opposite. Saul was zealous about the Law. He approved and witnessed to the murder, stoning, of Stephen, who preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Schnelle, U. 2005) After that Saul receives written permission from the High Priest to search in Damascus' synagogues for those who believe Jesus is the Messiah. He is also given the authority to arrest and bring these believers to Jerusalem for trial and punishment. (Acts 9:1-2). It is during this trip to Damascus, that Saul receives his name change. During the trip as he approaches the city a burst of light suddenly appears and causes him to fall to the ground (Acts 9:3-4). He then hears the voice of the Lord...

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