Paul The Preacher

The word “resolute” can be used to describe the apostle Paul.

Resolute…

A purposeful and determined person, someone who wants to do something very much, and won’t let anything get in the way.  Vocabulary .com 

Marked by firm determination.  Merriam Webster

Synonyms…

Firm, steadfast, fixed, unwavering, undaunted. Dictionary .com

We need more preachers like Paul in our day.

Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Matthew Henry:  

The elders knew that Paul was no designing, self-seeking man. Those who would in any office serve the Lord acceptably, and profitably to others, must do it with humility. 

He was a plain preacher, one that spoke his message so as to be understood. 

He was a powerful preacher; he preached the gospel as a testimony to them if they received it; but as a testimony against them if they rejected it. 

He was a profitable preacher; one that aimed to inform their judgments, and reform their hearts and lives. 

He was a painful preacher, very industrious in his work. 

He was a faithful preacher; he did not keep back reproofs when necessary, nor keep back the preaching of the cross. 

He was a truly Christian, evangelical preacher; he did not preach notions or doubtful matters; nor affairs of state or the civil government; but he preached faith and repentance. 

A better summary of these things, without which there is no salvation, cannot be given: even repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, with their fruits and effects. 

Without these no sinner can escape, and with these none will come short of eternal life.

Let them not think that Paul left Asia for fear of persecution; he was in full expectation of trouble, yet resolved to go on, well assured that it was by Divine direction. 

Thanks be to God that we know not the things which shall befall us during the year, the week, the day which has begun.

It is enough for the child of God to know that his strength shall be equal to his day. 

He knows not, he would not know, what the day before him shall bring forth. 

The powerful influences of the Holy Spirit bind the true Christian to his duty. 

Even when he expects persecution and affliction, the love of Christ constrains him to proceed. 

None of these things moved Paul from his work; they did not deprive him of his comfort. 

Believing that this was the last time they should see him, he appeals concerning his integrity. 

He had preached to them the whole counsel of God. 

As he had preached to them the gospel purely, so he had preached it to them entire; he faithfully did his work, whether men would bear or forbear.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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