I, Paul: A Biography of Grace Part 3 – Giscala, Tarsus, Politics, and Manual Labor

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St. Jerome on Paul’s Grandparents; Giscala; The Jews and Trade; Tarsus and Trade; The influence of trade and labor on Paul’s letters.

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Would Paul Have Embraced Socialism?

New Audio Coming Up: “I, Paul: A Biography of Grace” Part 3

Here’s a taste: Did you know Paul would have despised socialism? Paul knew all about commerce and economics.

Saul grew up in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a commercial city. Commercial illusions may be found in his letters. For instance, he speaks about those who peddle the word of God in 2 Corinthians 2:17. The Greek word for peddle means to sell at retail with the insinuation of improper profit, either by overcharging or adulterating. The “earnest” in Ephesians 1:13 may be an illusion to the earnest money paid by buyers of goods. Even his usage of the word “eccesia” for the Church may have been influenced from his experience in the assembly of a free city.

Tent making was a blue collar job. Paul told the Thessalonians:

“For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”

Paul labored and encouraged others to do so. He would have scolded Christians if they were living off other people’s money/labor when they were perfectly able to provide for themselves:

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.”

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I, Paul: A Biography of Grace Part 2 – Where We Come From Defines Who We Are

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Paul contrasted with the Twelve Apostles; Paul was a normal man; Paul’s age and birthday; The scars of old age.

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I, Paul: A Biography of Grace Part 1 – The Needed Background

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Introduction to a series on the life of Paul.

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Romans Course #10: Romans 1:14-15

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Is “responsibility” a Biblical concept?; Paul’s debt; Roman force vs. God’s power.

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Joshua Defines What A Soul Is

“And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.” Joshua 10:37

“So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.” Joshua 10:40

Destroyed…ALL THE SOULS
Destroyed ALL THAT BREATHED

Souls aren’t immortal. The soul is the result of the union of the soil (KJV “dust”) and the breath. In the Joshua verses a soul is defined as something that breathes. It can be destroyed.

Death is a return. It’s a return to a previous condition. If I died I would return to the same condition I was in before I was conceived.

This is why we worship the God of Resurrection. Only God can bring a person back from death.

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Romans Course #8: Study Guide

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Romans Course #9: Study Guide

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Romans Course #9: Romans 1:13

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Are you ignorant?; Ignorance of history; Paul’s desire for fruit; Who hindered the message?

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Romans Course #8: Romans 1:9-12

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Paul’s witness; Serving God in spirit; Publicly and from house to house; Prosperity; Establishment.

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