The Importance Of Paul's Relationship

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Register to read the introduction… Hill). Paul’s apostleship is a calling by God’s will (1 Corinthians 1:1). Human authority had nothing to do with his apostleship, for it came through Jesus Christ and God the Father, through the “commandment of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 1:1). He was the apostle for the Gentiles with a heart for the Jews. He, along with other apostles, appeared on the scene late as poor fools for Christ to be an example over the pride of the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 4:9) (E. Renan). Truly, existence and ministry of the Corinthian church sealed Paul’s apostleship, showing he had done the work of an apostle; but, moreover he also qualified because he had seen the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 9:1-2) (F. W.P. Greenwood).

During the first days of the primitive church, the apostles were very much involved in teaching and fellowship. All who accepted Jesus as the Christ were baptized and such converts and brethren “continues steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship” (J.B. Ascham). They ate
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Principles and guidelines regulating practical conduct, both individual and communal, fill his writings (S. Kim). Drawing on Old Testament standard, he charges believers with ethical essentials based on the scriptural telling of God’s character, as when he calls on them to be imitators of God. Their demeanor should be regulated by God’s presence in their midst and his holy purpose in their election and calling. Old Testament directions have a prominent place in Paul’s ethic, but so does Christ influential example of humbleness and self- sacrifice. Put slightly differently, believers’ lives should be regulated by what God has accomplished for them through Christ (S.Kim). Love is the crowning virtue in Paul’s ethic as in Jesus’. In the end, “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Gal

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