“For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.”
In Hebrew, Paul’s name means “Small”. He was born in the province of Cilicia, he was a Roman citizen by birth. His family was of the tribe of Benjamin and he was educated as a Pharisee. He studied under Gamaliel (Acts 22:3) and spoke several languages. He knew Hebrew and Greek literature. Saul—his Hebrew name—was a great persecutor of the Church, as proven by his approval of the death of Stephen (Acts 7: 58-8:1) but the victorious death of Stephen made a deep impression in him. He converted later when he was going to Damascus. In his unstoppable persecution of Christians, he had a supernatural and forceful encounter with Jesus, to such an extent that he was blind for three days. (Acts 9:1-19; 22:5-16; 26:12-18). He recovered his eyesight when he was filled with the Holy Ghost. Shortly afterwards, he went to Arabia (Galatians 1:17). He was the great missionary of the New Testament. He suffered great persecution (jail, stoning, whipping, etc.) but nothing stopped his ministry of preaching, healing, building the Church and the Scripture. Jailed for long periods in Rome, written history says that he died a martyr, beheaded, in Rome between 64 and 67 AD. He is the author of most of the epistles of the New Testament. It has been said that Paul is the most powerful human personality of the New Testament and indeed, his chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13) is unrivaled. There is an ancient description of Paul that depicts him as “a man small in size, bald-headed, crooked thighs (bow-legged), well-built, with eyebrows meeting, rather long-nosed, full of goodness. For sometimes he seemed like a man, and sometimes he had the countenance of an angel.”
QUALITIES: Passionate, Determined, Persistent, Firm, Faithful to God, Wise, Clever, Brave, Committed, Whole.