The ATTAINING of Paul’s Message (v13-18)
The TESTIMONY of Paul (v13-16a)
What was Paul’s life like before finding Christ? (v13-14)
He persecuted the church (goal = to destroy)
He was advancing in Judaism beyond all others
He was committed to Judaism and its traditions
How did Paul find Christ (v15-16a)
God has a purpose for Paul before his conversion
When the timing was right, God revealed Himself
This conversion brought great change in Paul’s life
The TEACHING of Paul (v16b-18)
What did Paul not do?
He did not consult with any human
He did not consult with church leaders in Jerusalem
What did Paul do?
He went away to Arabia (barren wilderness)
It was here that God taught him
How long did Paul do this?
Paul was in Arabia for 3 years
He returned to Damascus where it picks up in Acts 9:23
How is this a pattern of God in preparing His servants?
Moses spent 40 years in the dessert tending sheep before God used him to lead Israel out of Egypt
David spent 13 years after his anointing as king and killing of Goliath as a fugitive before he took the throne
Joseph spent 2 years in an Egyptian prison before he became 2nd in command, saving people from starvation
Elijah spent three years besides a brook after bolding standing before King Ahab before God sent him again
John the Baptist spend most of his adult life in the wilderness before God used him to herald the Messiah