Paul’s Passion & Commitment to Jesus
Paul was one of the most passionate and devoted followers of Jesus Christ that ever lived. He is a great example for us to follow in our walk with God. He is one of my favorite persons in the Bible. Paul’s passion for Jesus led him to sacrifice and suffer a lot in order to faithfully follow and serve Jesus. And he was even willing to die for Jesus and for others.
Paul’s Life Was Jesus
Once Paul met Jesus on the Road to Damascus (see Acts 9), Paul was forever changed. Paul’s passion in the past was religion and persecuting followers of Jesus. After meeting Jesus Paul’s passion became Jesus Himself, and whatever Jesus wanted Him to do.
Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Philippians 3:7-8 “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ”
Paul Was Driven & Compelled By The Love of Jesus
Paul’s motive for living and for serving was a great love for Jesus. Jesus was Paul’s passion and First Love. Paul was also filled with the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ. Jesus’ love filled and controlled Paul in all areas of his life.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10 “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
Paul’s passion and one of his main desires was to please His Lord that loved him so much.
Paul Was Willing to Sacrifice And Suffer For Jesus & For Others
Paul’s passion and love for Jesus was so strong that he was willing to sacrifice everything and suffer for his beloved Lord. And Paul was like Christ in that he was also willing to suffer for others. Especially so that others could know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Acts 20:23 “except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.”
Acts 9:15-16 “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen [instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
2 Timothy 3:11 “persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me ! “
Details About Paul’s Sufferings
2 Corinthians 11:23-28 “I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.”
Paul Was Willing To Die For Jesus & For Others
Paul’s passion and commitment and love for Jesus was so strong that he was willing to even die for Jesus. And Paul loved others so much that he was even willing to die for them as well.
Acts 21:13 “Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Paul eventually did die for serving Jesus. The Bible does not tell us the exact time or manner of his death. Historical information does not provide any definitive information on Paul’s death. However, evidence highly suggests that Paul’s death occurred after his 5th missionary journey that ended in 67 AD.
Paul was likely beheaded by the Romans under Nero’s reign as emperor. Most likely it occurred around May or June of 68 AD. Emperor Nero died by suicide on June 9th, 68AD.
In Part 2 we will look into Paul’s passion for the ministry that Jesus called him to do. Paul had a great passion for preaching the Gospel and reaching lost people. Paul’s passion also included teaching and making disciples in the churches he helped to plant.
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