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Paul an Apostle, Set Apart for God's work

Updated on July 8, 2014

The Seeds of His Word

God tells us to sow the seeds
Sow the seeds, sow the seeds
God tells us to sow the seeds
Sow the seeds, sow the seeds
He'll do the rest

God is the gardener
He tends His crops
Gives them their water
Shines down the Son
Lovingly watches over them
Til the harvest is done

God tells us to sow the seeds
Sow the seeds, sow the seeds
God tells us to sow the seeds
Sow the seeds, sow the seeds
He'll do the rest

Set apart sowing the seeds

Was Paul's apostleship contested by the Jerusalem church, specifically Peter, James (the brother of Jesus) and John? Some say yes. According to some Bible scholars there are veiled references in Paul's letters, like Galatians, to friction between the leaders of the church in Jerusalem and Paul,

In Galatians chapter 2:6 Paul calls the leaders of the Jerusalem church, “thosewho seemed to be influential,” and then again in verse 9 he refers to, “ James and Cephas and John as those who, “seemed to be pillars,” of the church. These two verse and others seem to hint at some friction between those who Jesus originally called and Paul, who Jesus “set apart” as His own on the road to Damascus.

A closer look at Galatians reveals not Paul's disdain for the church leaders in Jerusalem but a quick check to see if they are on the same page he is when it comes to proclaiming the Gospel. Paul, it seems is also not worried about what the leaders have to say to him because either way, as he says many times in his letters his appointing was not from man, but from Jesus.

The Book of Acts, details Paul's calling by Jesus to be an Apostle. While it also may be argued by some that Paul did not spend the almost three years of personal teaching by Jesus he most assuredly had heard the message Jesus was proclaiming, through divine revelation, from other people and quite possibly he could have been one of the curious people in the crowds of people always around Jesus, and overheard His teaching once, twice or even more.

Considering all the evidence put forth in Paul's letters and as Acts 13 states Paul was truly “set apart' by God to do a good work throughout the gentile nations. As Christian we are “set apart” by God to continue the same work as Paul, proclaim the Word of God until the day of the Lord's return.

Like Paul, Christians today will run into skeptics, naysayers, and all manner of people opposed to hearing the truth. There may even be times when opposition will come from members of those whom “seem to be influential” but also like Paul we need to remember where our true calling comes from and press onward. Christian need to sow the seeds of love wherever they are.

Sowing the Seeds Of Love

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      John Kennedy Akotia 

      5 years ago from Bolgatanga, Ghana

      Great post. Paul's Apostleship can never be in doubt, looking at his contribution to Christianity till date. I believe he was set forth by Jesus Christ to fill the place of Judas and to take his bishopric, and not Matthias as chosen by lot.

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      shofarcall 

      5 years ago

      ps - the music was a great idea. Tears for Fears. Enjoyed. So apt for hub.

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      shofarcall 

      5 years ago

      I love this hub Whittwrites!

      I had never quite seen the 'difference' so clearly before between "those originally called by Jesus (disciples) and Paul, who was 'set apart'"

      Powerful hub. Voted awesome, useful, and up.God Bless.

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      I definitely voted up. You did another excellent job. The Tears For Fears video was a good idea. They made great songs.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Inspiring write and I admire your faith.

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      T.B Whitt 

      6 years ago from the Philly area

      Thanks for your kind words

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      Kamalesh050 

      6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Beautiful poem and so true. Voted Up. Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      This is an Interesting and Inspiring Poem!!!

    • Barreto10135 profile image

      Barreto10135 

      6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      This is a very inspiring and thought provoking article. There are times that I do forget that is is up to me to sow those seeds to achieve God's blessing.

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