An Ambitious Peope
If we could summarize the person and life of the apostle Paul in a single word; we could easily use the word ambitious
Before His Conversion (Road to Damascus)
Paul was ambitious in his persecution of the church
though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
A devoted and upright Jewish man
A religious leader who honored tradition
Devoted to stopping the church from blasphemy
He was at the Stoning of Stephen
Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
After His Converstion
Paul was ambitious in spreading the gospel of Jesus
He is credited with starting at least 14 churches
He suffered sickness, was beaten, robbed, imprisoned and continued to preach the gospel to those around him.
Not only did he plant churches
Wrote 9 letters (epistles) that we find in the NT to churches
4 pastoral letters ( 1 and 2 Tim, Philemon, Titus)
Possibly (I think likely) the book of Hebrews