Raising Questions on Apostle Paul’s Calling to the Gentiles

Not too long ago, I published a post that explored reasons proving that Apostle Paul was not an eloquent speaker. That piece was however, concluded on the following note:

…Paul’s speeches were not at the highest levels as he wasn’t outstandingly eloquent as some other speakers in his time might have been. But in no way did the gospel suffer as a result of this perceived lack of oratorial skills. Rather it made it more obvious that the power of Christ was at work in Him

While commenting on the post, one of my readers took the post further by overtly questioning Apostle Paul’s frequent claim of being called to reach the Gentiles. His argument was that even before Paul came on the block, other Apostles such as Peter have had ministry to people other than the Jews.

At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. Acts 15:7, NLT

While that position is correct, as the scripture above shows, it is not enough to discredit Apostle Paul’s claim of being specially called to be a minister to the Gentiles; the argument became overextended when the reader tried to deny that Paul was the Apostle to the gentiles. Apostle Paul, a polished speaker or not - by Victor Uyanwanne

In this post, I present to you that reader’s comment and my response to it then.

The Comment

..I doubt his [Paul’s] claims towards call for the gentiles as other Apostles too spent their life time spreading the gospels to gentiles all the way to India, much farther than Greece or Syria reached by Paul. Paul’s claim of him being a minister for the gentiles and Peter for Jews again is a complete mess as Paul goes out of context.

Jesus had said to Peter and other 10 apostles to go and preach to whole creations, nations… Peter has preached to the gentile Cornelius and baptised him with the Holy Spirit even before Paul ever preached gospel to gentiles…and Yes Peter and other apostles had a possible church for gentile in Antioch even before Paul was somehow converted. I feel sorry for Paul’s misunderstanding and his claims…

My response

Hello, your comment on the post is appreciated…

…That Paul was an Apostle to gentiles is a very known fact. So you would not have sufficient basis to disprove that!

Even from the beginning of his calling, the Lord himself defined who Paul (previously known as Saul) was being called to reach. Perhaps you will need to read Acts 4:9 again, which clearly says:

But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.

No one can doubt that Paul was sent to the gentiles after reading that passage, except of course the person doesn’t esteem the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

Time will fail me to begin to comment on each of the other issues you brought in. Suffice to say that Paul was a great Apostle any how you look at it. Thank you.

You can join in the conversation.

Still ahead: Reasons That Confirms Apostle Paul Was Called to Reach The Gentiles.

 

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11 thoughts on “Raising Questions on Apostle Paul’s Calling to the Gentiles

  1. Bruce 27/11/2017 / 8:15 am

    Hi Victor, it’s hard to conceive how anyone who takes Biblical scripture seriously could come to the conclusion that Paul was mislead in his being called to be an Apostle to the Gentiles. Unless, of course, it serves the purpose to disregard, at a minimum, over 30% of the New Testament. One would think that an alternative motive must be at play. While one could spend more time in refuting such an accusation. I think you wisely expended adequate time and effort to the sufficiency of the unsupported supposition. Blessings!

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    • VictorsCorner 27/11/2017 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks for your comment Bruce. I agree with you that there must be an ulterior to the strong denial that Paul was indeed an Apostle to the Gentiles.

      In any case, the truth has to be told and retold. That’s why it was necessary to make this post, so that people can learn from it. And I’m glad you found my response adequate.

      Anyone who denies the apostleship of Paul couldn’t be by the Holy Spirit of God. Regards.

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  2. dettinger47 27/11/2017 / 10:24 pm

    Hi Victor, I’m with Bruce and you … how can anyone dispute Paul’s call to the Gentiles? It looks like you didn’t spend all too much time rebutting the strange point of view the reader shared, which is the same approach I would have taken. Sometimes Scripture is deeply complicated, other times its direct and to the point. Regarding Paul and the Gentiles, Scripture is direct and to the point. You handled it the best way possible. Good job, Victor.

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    • VictorsCorner 28/11/2017 / 4:40 pm

      Just like you and Bruce, I was surprised when the reader raised the doubts on Apostle Paul’s calling to the Gentiles.

      The response I gave was brief as i realised the issue was very clear, as you also noted, and didn’t require much explanation. What I also realised was that the said commenter generally has issues with Apostle Paul.

      If you would check the original post where his comment appeared, you would see that the guy even doubted if Paul even qualified to be called an Apostle, accusing him of disobedience to the Holy Spirit. I just didn’t want to be drawn into into such pointless arguments.

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      • dettinger47 28/11/2017 / 5:47 pm

        Precisely. Sometimes it is appropriate to hash out an issue, but other times, such as the reader in question, the issue runs far deeper.

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  3. Very well answered Victor, I had a Man Commenting on my Blog calling Paul an imposter, at the time I answered him assuring him as you did with your doubter that Paul was indeed a Anointed Apostle but he rejected this and in the end I gave up and Blocked his Comments, he never accepted the Truth from me but hopefully he will have his eyes opened to his error and ask forgiveness for slandering Paul and rejecting God’s Truth in Scripture.

    I will leave the link for you below in case you would like to read our Conversation…..

    Link- https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/who-do-we-listen-to-god-or-man/

    Christian Love – Anne.

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    • VictorsCorner 03/12/2017 / 10:49 pm

      I would say such a man has not read the Bible well, or was simply being mischievous. Paul was a hero.

      Okay, I will check out the link. Thanks.

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