He spends three years here, as did Jesus spend three days in a tomb, or Jonah in the belly of a fish. It only says Paul saw a bright light and heard a voice. The men with him heard a loud sound but didn’t see anything. One could say that Paul fell off of “his high horse” in this encounter, but I think that he was probably walking. Paul says the opposite. 9:1). The men with him heard the voice but could see no one. Wright: 1. He flees the City and goes to Jerusalem to meet with Peter……Acts 9:20-25)…and (Gal 1:18). After three years' preaching and inner maturation Paul visited Jerusalem again. three years after Damascus conversion [Gal. Holman Christian Standard Bible Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, and I stayed with him 15 days. It was no less difficult then, yet it was achieved. – Then his journey to Jerusalem Concerning these three years, Warren Wiersbe writes – “Paul gave himself to study, prayer, and meditation, and met with the Lord alone.” Many believe that this was Paul’s three years with the Lord, even as the other apostles had spent three with Christ while He … cAD53-58 (range, 3 to 5 years between AD50-58) - Paul's THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY from Syrian Antioch, crossing Asia Minor (Turkey) to Ephesus and staying there for nearly three years. The voice he alone heard was “Saulo, Saulo why do you persecute me?”, Which was quite a revelation to him, since as far as “Saulo” was concerned he was persecuting the “followers of that one they called the Christ”. Pray for the unity of Christ’s church and the resulting peace that would ensue. Paul's View on the Law. (30) And Paul dwelt two whole years . That was a very interesting read. Paul then had the opportunity to put his case before a Jewish official (allegedly an “expert” in Hebrew matters — 26:3), and a pagan governor; these were legal dignitaries. Then another visit to Jerusalem later, (Gal 2:2)…to present the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles so that I might not be running, or have run in vain (Gal 2:2). Between 1 to 3 yrs after conversion, he goes to the Desert of Arabia…(Gal 1:17)….for prayer and reflection. Romanism is a mandate delivered to Paul from the resurrected mouth of Jesus Christ: A terminus ante quem can be established from Paul’s account the time he spent in Damascus shortly after his conversion. Yet his teachings stand in stark and overwhelming contradiction to those attributed to Jesus. Three years after arriving in Damascus he returned to Jerusalem. From reading various sources, this is what I personally deduced: Acts 9……Paul’s coversion is sometime after the death of Stephen (Acts 9). Blake Giunta-November 20, 2017 . in all its fullness to as many people as possible. By Blake Giunta| The 1 Corinthians 15 creed is, according to most scholars, a tradition or recited formula that Christians would quote or articulate. 11:23 et seq. Some of Paul’s relatives are mentioned in the Bible. I’m studying the Book of Acts and a number of Pauline Epistles this semester and I came upon a little fact about Paul and his work which floored me when I first realized it. I cannot imagine him (or Luke in writing Acts – which is itself practically an apologetics work defending Paul’s authority) failing to mention it. I have always felt when reading Paul almost like a voyeur, eves dropping on a conversation where there is a subtext that those in the conversation fully understand. Three years later I went to visit Peter in Jerusalem and stayed with him for 15 days. However, the biblical record emphasizes that he immediately began preaching in the synagogues. I have not heard this before. Who do you think Paul was having that conversation with on his way to Damascus? For official apologetics resources please visit. But as James Dunn observes, the more difficult question is why Paul spent three years in the Arabia. 9.2 PAUL REACHES EPHESUS AND STAYS FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS. He was not one of the Apostles. Paul knew Scripture thoroughly, but the truth that Jesus was the promised Messiah made him … The second year of Jesus’ public ministry began with Jesus healing the servant of the Roman centurion. Therefore, he must have planted these groups himself. Paul said that when Christ called him, he did not go to Jerusalem to receive instruction from the apostles. Paul had his conversion experience, was greeted by some of the early Christians, and was instructed no doubt by some of them as well as by the Holy Spirit and several years later finally met up with some of the Apostles to discuss certain aspects of Jewish laws (he and Peter had quite the disagreement). Paul’s rabbinical teacher was Gamaliel. He was not one of the Apostles. A noted biblical scholar wrote an entire paper on exactly the verse that is the source of the question! Blinded, he is led to Damascus where his repentance leads to being healed, baptized, and becoming a Christian (Acts 9:4 - 18). I suppose such a thing could have happened in those three years. If it refers to the former, then this was the trip made "after an interval of fourteen years". this paper is worth reading for an answer to the question. He was an eyewitness in the sense of having seen Jesus after His death (1 Cor. Way to go above in beyond answering the OP’s question! In Galatians 1:11–2:10, he expands on these two points. Seven brothers, sons of a chief priest called Sceva, were engaged in this practice on one occasion, when the evil spirit answered, "Jesus I know, and I am acquainted with Paul, but who on earth are you?" Paul never met Jesus. What happened during Paul’s desert years was only the beginning of a life-long process—God renewed his mind and transformed him into the image of Christ. It has often been remarked that Paul clearly implied that he spent three years being taught by Jesus Himself (1:12), either directly or (perhaps more likely) through the study of the Word. They would say, "I command you in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches." But he never met Jesus nor was he instructed by him. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. Immediately after his conversion he retired into the solitudes of Arabia (Galatians 1:17), perhaps of “Sinai in Arabia,” for the purpose, probably, of devout study and meditation on the marvellous revelation that had been made to him.Coming back, after 3 years, to Damascus, he began to preach the gospel “boldly in the name of Jesus” (Acts 9:27), but was soon obliged to flee (9:25; 2 Corinthians 11:33) from the Jews and withdraw to Jerusalem. Paul in Romans 10:4 say "For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness for everyone who believes." Paul is careful to number his years and even count his days: three years after his conversion he spent only fifteen days with Peter. He begins in verses 11 and 12 by saying that the Gospel he preached was not devised by human wisdom, nor had he received it from the other apostles; rather, he was taught it directly by Jesus Christ Himself. The three years to which Paul refers in today’s passage (Gal. Paul himself saw Jesus via revelation on his encounter on the road to Damascus (Acts 9, 22, 26) in which Christ revealed Himself to Paul. After the incident with Jesus he went into Arabia then returned to Damascus. Thus, Paul established for the Galatians that he received the Gospel by the same means as the other apostles —directly from Jesus. Paul was a Diaspora Jew, a member of the party of the Pharisees, who experienced a revelation of the resurrected Jesus. Scholars put the birth year of Paul between 2 to 6 years after the birth of Christ. Paul’s background was a first-century Rabbinical Jew, who also was a member of the Sanhedrin. He wanted to get to know Cephas, that is, Simon Peter. *For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks … *. This is the big “Roman Catholic” passage that I stress in my book on Saint Paul as Roman and in my book on Rome as the Capital of Christianity. I did a search and found web sites that state this but they weren’t clear what scripture they were relying on. Correct! 12:2). Then the events of Acts 13…where he is ordained and sent on his first missionary mission for the Gentiles… The leaders of the Church at Antioch were praying and received instruction from the Holy Spirit to Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them (Acts 13:3). This is 1000 years after Christ's Second Coming, according to the Book of Revelation. Then he goes to Damascus (Gal 1:17) for a period of three years….where he starts debating in the synagogues. He reports to the Galatians that they compared notes and found that there was absolutely no difference between what he had been teaching for eleven years in Antioch and what the apostles had been teaching in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. And then at the end of this experience he went on to Jerusalem to receive counsel, advice, and validation from the other Apostles. If it were true, it would be pretty strong evidence that he was commissioned by Christ. 4. Some speculate that Paul spent this time in relative seclusion, perhaps living as a desert hermit and sorting out the implications of his new faith. Thus, like the other apostles, Paul studied with Christ for three years before beginning his ministry (compare Acts 1:21). Paul did meet Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul’s Creed Dates Less Than 3 Years After Death Of Jesus. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. Fix that problem! He came to the papal throne in an era following the sack of Rome in 1527 and rife with uncertainties in the Catholic Church following the Protestant Reformation. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, : The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. In subsequent re-tellings of the encounter Paul never indicated that He had actually seen Jesus at that time. The conversion of Paul the Apostle (also the Pauline conversion, Damascene conversion, Damascus Christophany and The Road to Damascus event), was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a follower of Jesus.It is normally dated to AD 34–37. In the last century, scholars have come to appreciate Paul as the actual founder of the religious movement that would become Christianity. Paul (originally Saul of Tarsus) was the brilliantly-successful missionary who transformed the fledgling sect of Christians into a movement that spread throughout the known world. I believe this is what Paul did for three years after his conversion, he studied the Old Testament Scriptures. Thus, like the other apostles, Paul studied with Christ for three years before beginning his ministry (compare Acts 1:21). .--On the probable incidents of this period, see Excursus on the Later Years of St. Paul's Life. :Hmmm: Well St. Paul himself, described the event in detail. The contrast he draws between the comparatively long time apart from any contact with the apostles and the brief time with Peter highlights his independence. ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Paul_Arabia_Elijah.pdf. In Acts 23 we have mention of Paul’s father who was a Pharisee (v 6), his sister, and his nephew (v16) who saves him from a plot against his life. Jesus had already been crucified. After this visit…he goes home to Tarsus…for another 3 years or so…Barnabas then arrived and asked him to come to Antioch and help him evangelize there (Acts 11:25-26)…he stays there for about a year…then goes again to Jerusalem to deliver a collection for the poor and returns to Antioch…. During this period Paul wrote his FIRST and SECOND LETTERS TO THE CORINTHIANS, possibly his … 16–17). 33 to 36 Taught by Jesus. How likely is it that the acknowledged leaders of the church today could come to such unanimous theological agreement? They are reading the chapter and paragraph completely wrong. Paul makes an emphatic statement that after receiving a commission from the resurrected Jesus to be the “light to the Gentiles,” he did not “consult flesh and blood” but went to Arabia (Gal 1:7). But I don’t know of any scriptural or historical basis for such a hypothesis. Elijah did the same thing, went to Arabia (Mount Sinai) and returned to Damascus. St. Paul and 14 Years of Preparation. *, And along with that, perhaps the following passage from 1 Cor. The apostle begins his address directly to Agrippa, but quickly broadens his remarks to include the others (as reflected by the plural pronoun — 26:8). That is a great article. The words that follow exactly describe his position. He continues by reminding them that he had been trained in and was fanatically devoted to the erroneous traditions of Judaism. . He then hears the voice of Jesus asking why he is persecuting the church (Acts 9:4). Paul met Jesus but it was after the Crucifixion and it was after the Resurrection and it was after the Ascension. Donate Now. It’s providential timing because I have been looking into Acts and the Pauline epistles a lot in the last few weeks. The Apostle Paul’s Birth & Educationc. Paul was in Arabia (including Damascus and the surrounding desert) for at least three years immediately after his conversion. If you believed that Paul met Jesus, then indirectly you believe that Jesus did not telling the truth. Jesus had already been crucified. For the apostle, that change began with connecting his rich biblical knowledge to the revelation that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Anyway, Jesus’ second year preaching the Gospel was just as eventful or perhaps more so than his first year. Paul begins Galatians by saying that he was sent by Christ and the Father, and that the other church leaders agreed with him. I have been asked where this is in the Bible that Paul was taught by Jesus for three years in the desert? Jesus was known to have visited Jerusalem (Mark 11:11; John 2:13; 5:1). the manner in which our Lord appeared to St. Faustina) or an in-person encounter in the conventional sense. Notice verse 45 above , "Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures." It doesn’t say that he fell off a mount only that he fell down and a light shone around him. There is shock, disillusionment, an inability to understand. A.D. 6 Born a Roman citizen to Jewish parents in Tarsus (in modern eastern Turkey)c. 20–30 Studies Torah in Jerusalem with Gamaliel; becomes a … ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Paul_Arabia_Elijah.pdf, Paul did meet Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul never met Jesus. Summary: 33 A.D. - Paul's Conversion Rather, he retired into Arabia for a time and not until three years later did he go to Jerusalem. Thanks for posting. Even then, the only apostle he met was Peter, and the only other leader he met was James, the presiding elder of the Jerusalem church. Paul taught by Jesus in the desert for three years? First, Paul had been a resident of Jerusalem as a child (Acts 22:3) and was also there years later to approve of Stephen’s stoning (Acts 8:1). 1:18–19) began when he saw Christ on the Damascus Road and include his sojourn in … Good News Translation It was three years later that I went to Jerusalem to obtain information from Peter, and I stayed with him for two weeks. But Paul did spend 3 years in Arabia where he … First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. Fourteen years after his conversion, he had occasion to go to Jerusalem and there he met privately with the leaders, including the apostles Peter and John (2:1–10). If you read the lives of saints, you’ll discover God granted that gift to some of them also. Luke has Paul imitating Phineas and Elijah from the Old Testament. Jesus taught these two disciples all about Himself from the Old Testament. Therefore, Paul certainly had the authority to teach and preach the Gospel. Away from both Jewish culture, and Roman culture, Paul goes into Arabia. 1:17–18] sees only Cephas (Peter) and James; Second visit to Jerusalem [Acts 11:29–30] for famine relief; There is debate over whether Paul's visit in Galatians 2 refers to the visit for famine relief [Acts 11:30, 12:25] or the Jerusalem Council. I think it is the Scripture passage hu324b gave - Galatians 1:11-18 - and especially verse 12*:For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it; but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Then over to Macedonia (northern Greece), and down to Achaia (southern Greece) and Corinth for three months. His first year ended with Jesus’ return to Galilee from Judea, because John had been cast into prison, and the Jewish authorities were seeking how to eliminate Jesus as well. Paul was certainly not the only one to received instruction/infused knowledge from God. Paul was taught by the Holy Spirit. Paul meets Jesus and changes direction. I believe Paul was instructed by the Holy Spirit and was given a special grace to evangelize to the Gentiles. The presence of Paul’s nephew in Jerusalem after Paul’s conversion (Acts 23:16) suggests that Paul and his family had resided there for some time. Paul becomes a follower of Jesus after an encounter with Jesus or God about noon on the road to Damascus. 3) Paul’s Vision in Prison (Acts 23:11). Paul had his conversion experience, was greeted by some of the early Christians, and was instructed no doubt by some of them as well as by the Holy Spirit and several years later finally met up with some of the Apostles to discuss certain aspects of Jewish laws (he and Peter had quite the disagreement). Jesus is not only talking about his greatest gift to us, he reveals who he is by saying: “I will raise them up on the last day”. The word translated "hired house" (the exact equivalent for the Latin meritorium, or conductum) means rather a lodging (as in Acts 28:23) or apartment, and does not imply that he occupied a whole house. In thinking about this some more, I would think that if Jesus literally taught Paul in the desert for three years that he might have made some mention of it in his letters (particularly those letters of his where he is defending his authority). But that isn’t mentioned specifically in Acts (the time period is sort of glossed over in Acts 9:23). Here Jesus Christ connects the Apostolic ministry from Jerusalem…to Rome. The resurrected Jesus appeared to him. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God, La Biblia de Estudio de La Reforma, Spanish Edition, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. 25842. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. For these reasons, it seems highly unlikely that Paul isolated himself for the purpose of study during these “Lost Years.” Instead, it is clear that Paul immediately began … I’ve wondered before whether this were an apparition (e.g. 3. Many are scandalized. It has often been remarked that Paul clearly implied that he spent three years being taught by Jesus Himself (1:12), either directly or (perhaps more likely) through the study of the Word. Earlier claims in this thread that Paul did not meet Jesus are not true. While there on this first visit he stayed for 15 days and also met James. If, indeed, they accept that he is the bread of life come down from heaven they are now being asked to feed on his flesh and blood. These fifteen unforgettable days, when he could hear in detail about Jesus' life and ministry, remained indelibly in his mind. Undoubtedly, Paul also spent time in study and prayer, and it may be that Jesus appeared to him several more times (2 Cor. Am I just skipping over the scripture? I believe it comes from Galatians 1:11-18 - I never heard it before either - maybe someone with more knowledge will make a comment on it. As hu324b said, Galatians indicates that after his conversion on the road to Damascus, he traveled to Arabia for three years before heading to Jerusalem to meet with Peter and the Apostles. There never had been a problem, nor was there one currently, between Paul’s message and the teaching of the Jerusalem church. And Who did he meet on his “conversion experience”? The people that were accompanying him on this endeveaour probably thought the guy had the bends literally. Pope Paul III (Latin: Paulus III; 29 February 1468 – 10 November 1549), born Alessandro Farnese, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 13 October 1534 to his death in 1549.. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Paul claims to be doing this in chapter 15 of his letter to the Corinthians. When God called Paul on the Damascus road, he was commissioned to preach the Gospel of Christ. After this experience, he traveled widely throughout the eastern Roman Empire, spreading the “good news” that Jesus would soon return from heaven and usher in the reign of God (“t… …. As Paul approaches the city, a burst of light suddenly appears and causes him to fall to the ground (Acts 9:3 - 4). The point Paul is making to the Galatians is that there has never been any question about the content of the Gospel. By. Here, Paul explicitly wrote that he was in these regions. I’ve never heard that before, either. Paul was a couple of years younger than Jesus. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:8, “Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me.”, Here is a fascinating examination of Galatians 1:17 by the Biblical historian N.T. “I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus” (vv. I am only now beginning to realise that through the Jewish daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and generational liturgical practice that nearly all Jewish people had a familiarity with the old testament scriptures that today one could only come close to with a lifetime of study, and that a single verse in the New Testament such as Gal 1:17 is just a single knot in a vast tapestry that the Jewish audience of the day could grasp.

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He spends three years here, as did Jesus spend three days in a tomb, or Jonah in the belly of a fish. It only says Paul saw a bright light and heard a voice. The men with him heard a loud sound but didn’t see anything. One could say that Paul fell off of “his high horse” in this encounter, but I think that he was probably walking. Paul says the opposite. 9:1). The men with him heard the voice but could see no one. Wright: 1. He flees the City and goes to Jerusalem to meet with Peter……Acts 9:20-25)…and (Gal 1:18). After three years' preaching and inner maturation Paul visited Jerusalem again. three years after Damascus conversion [Gal. Holman Christian Standard Bible Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, and I stayed with him 15 days. It was no less difficult then, yet it was achieved. – Then his journey to Jerusalem Concerning these three years, Warren Wiersbe writes – “Paul gave himself to study, prayer, and meditation, and met with the Lord alone.” Many believe that this was Paul’s three years with the Lord, even as the other apostles had spent three with Christ while He … cAD53-58 (range, 3 to 5 years between AD50-58) - Paul's THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY from Syrian Antioch, crossing Asia Minor (Turkey) to Ephesus and staying there for nearly three years. The voice he alone heard was “Saulo, Saulo why do you persecute me?”, Which was quite a revelation to him, since as far as “Saulo” was concerned he was persecuting the “followers of that one they called the Christ”. Pray for the unity of Christ’s church and the resulting peace that would ensue. Paul's View on the Law. (30) And Paul dwelt two whole years . That was a very interesting read. Paul then had the opportunity to put his case before a Jewish official (allegedly an “expert” in Hebrew matters — 26:3), and a pagan governor; these were legal dignitaries. Then another visit to Jerusalem later, (Gal 2:2)…to present the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles so that I might not be running, or have run in vain (Gal 2:2). Between 1 to 3 yrs after conversion, he goes to the Desert of Arabia…(Gal 1:17)….for prayer and reflection. Romanism is a mandate delivered to Paul from the resurrected mouth of Jesus Christ: A terminus ante quem can be established from Paul’s account the time he spent in Damascus shortly after his conversion. Yet his teachings stand in stark and overwhelming contradiction to those attributed to Jesus. Three years after arriving in Damascus he returned to Jerusalem. From reading various sources, this is what I personally deduced: Acts 9……Paul’s coversion is sometime after the death of Stephen (Acts 9). Blake Giunta-November 20, 2017 . in all its fullness to as many people as possible. By Blake Giunta| The 1 Corinthians 15 creed is, according to most scholars, a tradition or recited formula that Christians would quote or articulate. 11:23 et seq. Some of Paul’s relatives are mentioned in the Bible. I’m studying the Book of Acts and a number of Pauline Epistles this semester and I came upon a little fact about Paul and his work which floored me when I first realized it. I cannot imagine him (or Luke in writing Acts – which is itself practically an apologetics work defending Paul’s authority) failing to mention it. I have always felt when reading Paul almost like a voyeur, eves dropping on a conversation where there is a subtext that those in the conversation fully understand. Three years later I went to visit Peter in Jerusalem and stayed with him for 15 days. However, the biblical record emphasizes that he immediately began preaching in the synagogues. I have not heard this before. Who do you think Paul was having that conversation with on his way to Damascus? For official apologetics resources please visit. But as James Dunn observes, the more difficult question is why Paul spent three years in the Arabia. 9.2 PAUL REACHES EPHESUS AND STAYS FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS. He was not one of the Apostles. Paul knew Scripture thoroughly, but the truth that Jesus was the promised Messiah made him … The second year of Jesus’ public ministry began with Jesus healing the servant of the Roman centurion. Therefore, he must have planted these groups himself. Paul said that when Christ called him, he did not go to Jerusalem to receive instruction from the apostles. Paul had his conversion experience, was greeted by some of the early Christians, and was instructed no doubt by some of them as well as by the Holy Spirit and several years later finally met up with some of the Apostles to discuss certain aspects of Jewish laws (he and Peter had quite the disagreement). Paul’s rabbinical teacher was Gamaliel. He was not one of the Apostles. A noted biblical scholar wrote an entire paper on exactly the verse that is the source of the question! Blinded, he is led to Damascus where his repentance leads to being healed, baptized, and becoming a Christian (Acts 9:4 - 18). I suppose such a thing could have happened in those three years. If it refers to the former, then this was the trip made "after an interval of fourteen years". this paper is worth reading for an answer to the question. He was an eyewitness in the sense of having seen Jesus after His death (1 Cor. Way to go above in beyond answering the OP’s question! In Galatians 1:11–2:10, he expands on these two points. Seven brothers, sons of a chief priest called Sceva, were engaged in this practice on one occasion, when the evil spirit answered, "Jesus I know, and I am acquainted with Paul, but who on earth are you?" Paul never met Jesus. What happened during Paul’s desert years was only the beginning of a life-long process—God renewed his mind and transformed him into the image of Christ. It has often been remarked that Paul clearly implied that he spent three years being taught by Jesus Himself (1:12), either directly or (perhaps more likely) through the study of the Word. They would say, "I command you in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches." But he never met Jesus nor was he instructed by him. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. Immediately after his conversion he retired into the solitudes of Arabia (Galatians 1:17), perhaps of “Sinai in Arabia,” for the purpose, probably, of devout study and meditation on the marvellous revelation that had been made to him.Coming back, after 3 years, to Damascus, he began to preach the gospel “boldly in the name of Jesus” (Acts 9:27), but was soon obliged to flee (9:25; 2 Corinthians 11:33) from the Jews and withdraw to Jerusalem. Paul in Romans 10:4 say "For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness for everyone who believes." Paul is careful to number his years and even count his days: three years after his conversion he spent only fifteen days with Peter. He begins in verses 11 and 12 by saying that the Gospel he preached was not devised by human wisdom, nor had he received it from the other apostles; rather, he was taught it directly by Jesus Christ Himself. The three years to which Paul refers in today’s passage (Gal. Paul himself saw Jesus via revelation on his encounter on the road to Damascus (Acts 9, 22, 26) in which Christ revealed Himself to Paul. After the incident with Jesus he went into Arabia then returned to Damascus. Thus, Paul established for the Galatians that he received the Gospel by the same means as the other apostles —directly from Jesus. Paul was a Diaspora Jew, a member of the party of the Pharisees, who experienced a revelation of the resurrected Jesus. Scholars put the birth year of Paul between 2 to 6 years after the birth of Christ. Paul’s background was a first-century Rabbinical Jew, who also was a member of the Sanhedrin. He wanted to get to know Cephas, that is, Simon Peter. *For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks … *. This is the big “Roman Catholic” passage that I stress in my book on Saint Paul as Roman and in my book on Rome as the Capital of Christianity. I did a search and found web sites that state this but they weren’t clear what scripture they were relying on. Correct! 12:2). Then the events of Acts 13…where he is ordained and sent on his first missionary mission for the Gentiles… The leaders of the Church at Antioch were praying and received instruction from the Holy Spirit to Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them (Acts 13:3). This is 1000 years after Christ's Second Coming, according to the Book of Revelation. Then he goes to Damascus (Gal 1:17) for a period of three years….where he starts debating in the synagogues. He reports to the Galatians that they compared notes and found that there was absolutely no difference between what he had been teaching for eleven years in Antioch and what the apostles had been teaching in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. And then at the end of this experience he went on to Jerusalem to receive counsel, advice, and validation from the other Apostles. If it were true, it would be pretty strong evidence that he was commissioned by Christ. 4. Some speculate that Paul spent this time in relative seclusion, perhaps living as a desert hermit and sorting out the implications of his new faith. Thus, like the other apostles, Paul studied with Christ for three years before beginning his ministry (compare Acts 1:21). Paul did meet Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul’s Creed Dates Less Than 3 Years After Death Of Jesus. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. Fix that problem! He came to the papal throne in an era following the sack of Rome in 1527 and rife with uncertainties in the Catholic Church following the Protestant Reformation. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, : The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. In subsequent re-tellings of the encounter Paul never indicated that He had actually seen Jesus at that time. The conversion of Paul the Apostle (also the Pauline conversion, Damascene conversion, Damascus Christophany and The Road to Damascus event), was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a follower of Jesus.It is normally dated to AD 34–37. In the last century, scholars have come to appreciate Paul as the actual founder of the religious movement that would become Christianity. Paul (originally Saul of Tarsus) was the brilliantly-successful missionary who transformed the fledgling sect of Christians into a movement that spread throughout the known world. I believe this is what Paul did for three years after his conversion, he studied the Old Testament Scriptures. Thus, like the other apostles, Paul studied with Christ for three years before beginning his ministry (compare Acts 1:21). .--On the probable incidents of this period, see Excursus on the Later Years of St. Paul's Life. :Hmmm: Well St. Paul himself, described the event in detail. The contrast he draws between the comparatively long time apart from any contact with the apostles and the brief time with Peter highlights his independence. ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Paul_Arabia_Elijah.pdf. In Acts 23 we have mention of Paul’s father who was a Pharisee (v 6), his sister, and his nephew (v16) who saves him from a plot against his life. Jesus had already been crucified. After this visit…he goes home to Tarsus…for another 3 years or so…Barnabas then arrived and asked him to come to Antioch and help him evangelize there (Acts 11:25-26)…he stays there for about a year…then goes again to Jerusalem to deliver a collection for the poor and returns to Antioch…. During this period Paul wrote his FIRST and SECOND LETTERS TO THE CORINTHIANS, possibly his … 16–17). 33 to 36 Taught by Jesus. How likely is it that the acknowledged leaders of the church today could come to such unanimous theological agreement? They are reading the chapter and paragraph completely wrong. Paul makes an emphatic statement that after receiving a commission from the resurrected Jesus to be the “light to the Gentiles,” he did not “consult flesh and blood” but went to Arabia (Gal 1:7). But I don’t know of any scriptural or historical basis for such a hypothesis. Elijah did the same thing, went to Arabia (Mount Sinai) and returned to Damascus. St. Paul and 14 Years of Preparation. *, And along with that, perhaps the following passage from 1 Cor. The apostle begins his address directly to Agrippa, but quickly broadens his remarks to include the others (as reflected by the plural pronoun — 26:8). That is a great article. The words that follow exactly describe his position. He continues by reminding them that he had been trained in and was fanatically devoted to the erroneous traditions of Judaism. . He then hears the voice of Jesus asking why he is persecuting the church (Acts 9:4). Paul met Jesus but it was after the Crucifixion and it was after the Resurrection and it was after the Ascension. Donate Now. It’s providential timing because I have been looking into Acts and the Pauline epistles a lot in the last few weeks. The Apostle Paul’s Birth & Educationc. Paul was in Arabia (including Damascus and the surrounding desert) for at least three years immediately after his conversion. If you believed that Paul met Jesus, then indirectly you believe that Jesus did not telling the truth. Jesus had already been crucified. For the apostle, that change began with connecting his rich biblical knowledge to the revelation that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Anyway, Jesus’ second year preaching the Gospel was just as eventful or perhaps more so than his first year. Paul begins Galatians by saying that he was sent by Christ and the Father, and that the other church leaders agreed with him. I have been asked where this is in the Bible that Paul was taught by Jesus for three years in the desert? Jesus was known to have visited Jerusalem (Mark 11:11; John 2:13; 5:1). the manner in which our Lord appeared to St. Faustina) or an in-person encounter in the conventional sense. Notice verse 45 above , "Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures." It doesn’t say that he fell off a mount only that he fell down and a light shone around him. There is shock, disillusionment, an inability to understand. A.D. 6 Born a Roman citizen to Jewish parents in Tarsus (in modern eastern Turkey)c. 20–30 Studies Torah in Jerusalem with Gamaliel; becomes a … ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Paul_Arabia_Elijah.pdf, Paul did meet Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul never met Jesus. Summary: 33 A.D. - Paul's Conversion Rather, he retired into Arabia for a time and not until three years later did he go to Jerusalem. Thanks for posting. Even then, the only apostle he met was Peter, and the only other leader he met was James, the presiding elder of the Jerusalem church. Paul taught by Jesus in the desert for three years? First, Paul had been a resident of Jerusalem as a child (Acts 22:3) and was also there years later to approve of Stephen’s stoning (Acts 8:1). 1:18–19) began when he saw Christ on the Damascus Road and include his sojourn in … Good News Translation It was three years later that I went to Jerusalem to obtain information from Peter, and I stayed with him for two weeks. But Paul did spend 3 years in Arabia where he … First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. Fourteen years after his conversion, he had occasion to go to Jerusalem and there he met privately with the leaders, including the apostles Peter and John (2:1–10). If you read the lives of saints, you’ll discover God granted that gift to some of them also. Luke has Paul imitating Phineas and Elijah from the Old Testament. Jesus taught these two disciples all about Himself from the Old Testament. Therefore, Paul certainly had the authority to teach and preach the Gospel. Away from both Jewish culture, and Roman culture, Paul goes into Arabia. 1:17–18] sees only Cephas (Peter) and James; Second visit to Jerusalem [Acts 11:29–30] for famine relief; There is debate over whether Paul's visit in Galatians 2 refers to the visit for famine relief [Acts 11:30, 12:25] or the Jerusalem Council. I think it is the Scripture passage hu324b gave - Galatians 1:11-18 - and especially verse 12*:For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it; but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Then over to Macedonia (northern Greece), and down to Achaia (southern Greece) and Corinth for three months. His first year ended with Jesus’ return to Galilee from Judea, because John had been cast into prison, and the Jewish authorities were seeking how to eliminate Jesus as well. Paul was certainly not the only one to received instruction/infused knowledge from God. Paul was taught by the Holy Spirit. Paul meets Jesus and changes direction. I believe Paul was instructed by the Holy Spirit and was given a special grace to evangelize to the Gentiles. The presence of Paul’s nephew in Jerusalem after Paul’s conversion (Acts 23:16) suggests that Paul and his family had resided there for some time. Paul becomes a follower of Jesus after an encounter with Jesus or God about noon on the road to Damascus. 3) Paul’s Vision in Prison (Acts 23:11). Paul had his conversion experience, was greeted by some of the early Christians, and was instructed no doubt by some of them as well as by the Holy Spirit and several years later finally met up with some of the Apostles to discuss certain aspects of Jewish laws (he and Peter had quite the disagreement). Jesus is not only talking about his greatest gift to us, he reveals who he is by saying: “I will raise them up on the last day”. The word translated "hired house" (the exact equivalent for the Latin meritorium, or conductum) means rather a lodging (as in Acts 28:23) or apartment, and does not imply that he occupied a whole house. In thinking about this some more, I would think that if Jesus literally taught Paul in the desert for three years that he might have made some mention of it in his letters (particularly those letters of his where he is defending his authority). But that isn’t mentioned specifically in Acts (the time period is sort of glossed over in Acts 9:23). Here Jesus Christ connects the Apostolic ministry from Jerusalem…to Rome. The resurrected Jesus appeared to him. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God, La Biblia de Estudio de La Reforma, Spanish Edition, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. 25842. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. For these reasons, it seems highly unlikely that Paul isolated himself for the purpose of study during these “Lost Years.” Instead, it is clear that Paul immediately began … I’ve wondered before whether this were an apparition (e.g. 3. Many are scandalized. It has often been remarked that Paul clearly implied that he spent three years being taught by Jesus Himself (1:12), either directly or (perhaps more likely) through the study of the Word. Earlier claims in this thread that Paul did not meet Jesus are not true. While there on this first visit he stayed for 15 days and also met James. If, indeed, they accept that he is the bread of life come down from heaven they are now being asked to feed on his flesh and blood. These fifteen unforgettable days, when he could hear in detail about Jesus' life and ministry, remained indelibly in his mind. Undoubtedly, Paul also spent time in study and prayer, and it may be that Jesus appeared to him several more times (2 Cor. Am I just skipping over the scripture? I believe it comes from Galatians 1:11-18 - I never heard it before either - maybe someone with more knowledge will make a comment on it. As hu324b said, Galatians indicates that after his conversion on the road to Damascus, he traveled to Arabia for three years before heading to Jerusalem to meet with Peter and the Apostles. There never had been a problem, nor was there one currently, between Paul’s message and the teaching of the Jerusalem church. And Who did he meet on his “conversion experience”? The people that were accompanying him on this endeveaour probably thought the guy had the bends literally. Pope Paul III (Latin: Paulus III; 29 February 1468 – 10 November 1549), born Alessandro Farnese, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 13 October 1534 to his death in 1549.. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Paul claims to be doing this in chapter 15 of his letter to the Corinthians. When God called Paul on the Damascus road, he was commissioned to preach the Gospel of Christ. After this experience, he traveled widely throughout the eastern Roman Empire, spreading the “good news” that Jesus would soon return from heaven and usher in the reign of God (“t… …. As Paul approaches the city, a burst of light suddenly appears and causes him to fall to the ground (Acts 9:3 - 4). The point Paul is making to the Galatians is that there has never been any question about the content of the Gospel. By. Here, Paul explicitly wrote that he was in these regions. I’ve never heard that before, either. Paul was a couple of years younger than Jesus. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:8, “Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me.”, Here is a fascinating examination of Galatians 1:17 by the Biblical historian N.T. “I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus” (vv. I am only now beginning to realise that through the Jewish daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and generational liturgical practice that nearly all Jewish people had a familiarity with the old testament scriptures that today one could only come close to with a lifetime of study, and that a single verse in the New Testament such as Gal 1:17 is just a single knot in a vast tapestry that the Jewish audience of the day could grasp. What Do You Plan To Do With Your Degree Essay, Old Aluminum Baseball Bats, Phosphate Vs Phosphorus, Rare Island Animals, Dash And Albert Rugs Australia, How To Get Rid Of Birds In The Ceiling, Flexible Stove Pipe Elbow, Trumbull County Board Of Elections, 1950s Rattan Furniture, Nest Thermostat E Manual,