Questions About Paul and Company

Do you have a question about Paul, his ministry or those who worked with him? Post your question here and we’ll look for an answer together. If I’ve already written on the subject matter, I’ll direct you to my post, and if that doesn’t satisfy, we can still explore the issue through discussion.


9 responses to “Questions About Paul and Company

  1. Eddie

    October 9, 2018 at 18:15

    Greetings Kevron, and welcome to my blog. Thank you for reading and for your questions.

    We are told that John Mark was Mary’s Son (Acts 12) and Barnabas’ nephew (Colossians 4:10). John Mark probably knew Jesus, although that is not said in the Gospel narratives with certainty. Some scholars believe the young boy who ran from the soldiers who took Jesus in the garden was John Mark (Mark 14:51-52). The incident appears only in Mark’s Gospel–really Peter’s Gospel which was written down for the people at Rome at their request. Mark was Peter’s helper / secretary.

    Thanks again for your interest in my studies. Lord bless you, Kevron.

  2. Kevron Sutton

    October 9, 2018 at 13:27

    Who was John Mark? Was He an eyewitness of Jesus? Was he a prophet?

  3. Eddie

    July 11, 2018 at 10:38

    Greetings Benson, and thank you for reading my studies and for your comment.

    If I understand the scriptures correctly, Peter preaching to the gentiles and their believing by him, was a sign to the Jews–the believing Jews. It was always believed that the gentiles would come under the blessing of Abraham, but it wasn’t understood how that would come about. At least most, if not all, Jews believed gentiles would have to become Jews–after all, the faith of the Jews was the only faith the Lord instituted. So, the logic seemed correct. However, that is not how things occurred when Peter went to the home of Cornelius. The Holy Spirit fell upon the gentiles, like he did upon the Jews in Acts 2, **before** they were baptized. They received the Holy Spirit **as** the Gospel was preached to them. This thing was reiterated in Acts 11 to the “circumcision”, but it seems they just couldn’t accept it, and that is what Acts 15 is about.

    Paul had been preaching to Jew and gentile alike in obedience to Jesus command / commission in Acts 9. Paul always had trouble with the Jews, even believing Jews, because their worldview made it easy for them to misinterpret what Paul said and did.

    What Peter did in Acts 10 was preach to the gentiles, and he brought a number of witnesses along with him, probably because he knew something nearly unbelievable would occur–at least for the believing Jews. They trusted Peter, so when he returned to Jerusalem and told his story, they were in a better position to accept the truth than if it were Paul. Thus, it is said that God chose Peter among the Jewish believers to preach to the gentiles, not to open the door to the gentiles, but to present a believable report that believing Jews would understand.

    If we say the first gentile to believe was Cornelius, what would we do with the Ethiopian Eunuch of Acts 8? Wasn’t he a gentile? In as much as I am able to understand, Peter’s preaching to Cornelius was to be a sign to the Jews concerning just how God intended to bring the gentiles into the believing community.

    I hope this answers your question, but if not, don’t be afraid to say so and rephrase it to help me understand what you are looking for. Lord bless you, Benson.

  4. Benson Ongoma

    July 11, 2018 at 10:08

    Hello Eddie,

    Thanks for your blog as I have learned a number of things. However, I have one query on Paul’s ministry.

    Is it possible that Paul could have been preaching to Gentiles before God opened that door through Apostle Peter?

    From your statement in the article “Paul v/s the Apostles in Jerusalem” you seem to think that he might have been preaching to the Ishmaelites in Arabia for the three years after his new birth.

    However, according to Peter in Acts 15:7, God had made a specific choice among the Apostles to have Peter as the one with the Key to open the door of salvation for the Gentiles.

    Could you possibly shed some light on this please?

    Benson Ongoma
    Nairobi, Kenya

  5. Kenneth

    December 17, 2014 at 00:26

    Philemon lived at Colossae and was probably a convert of Paul and member of the Colossian church. Onesimus was a slave of Philemon who had robbed his master (v 18) and fled to Rome where he had been converted under Paul’s preaching (v 10). It is the only individual or private letter written by Paul and is written to tell Philemon of the conversion of Onesimus and to make a plea for him. Through the kindness shown Onesimus we have revealed to us the great kindness of the Apostle’s heart. He speaks to Philemon not as an apostle in authority, but as a friend to a friend, thereby showing his great courtesy. The letter is of inestimable value as showing the power of the gospel to win and transform a poor slave and to soften the harsh relations between the different classes of ancient society.

    Date, From Rome about A. D. 63.

    Hope this may help…ken

  6. Eddie

    October 9, 2013 at 09:55

    Paul seems absent in Jerusalem during Jesus’ ministry. At least he never mentions meeting Jesus before Damascus. I read somewhere, can’t remember where, that at this time he was probably home in Tarsus learning his trade from his father–Pharisees were supposed to support themselves and offer their teaching free of charge. This would put Paul slightly younger than Jesus, perhaps by as much as 6 years. I put Paul’s conversion (35-36 CE) at about 30 years of age, give or take a year or two.

    Concerning the length of Paul’s ministry, I’m not certain what you are looking for. I don’t see any prophetic significance in its length, if that is what you mean.

    Lord bless you Ray.

  7. Raymond McAlister

    October 9, 2013 at 09:02

    Hey Eddie,
    It’s me again. Is there anywhere in your posts that give us some idea about how old Paul was at his conversion? I have read anywhere between 24 and 37. Any thoughts?
    Also, if he were converted in 36 CE and ended up in Rome in 63 CE, his ministry would have lasted about 27 years to that point. Any thoughts about that?

  8. Eddie

    April 12, 2013 at 14:00

    Greetings Ray, and thank you for your questions. I enjoy discussing the word of God, so it is my pleasure to be at your service. On the subject of Paul in Jerusalem, I have written several posts. You may find two that speaks to your questions, plus an earlier post on the same subject. They are:

    1. When Did Paul Return to Jerusalem
    2. No One in Jerusalem Believed Paul
    3. Paul’s Visit to Jerusalem

    On the subject of Onesimus, I cannot remember if I had written of him or simply studied about his visit with Paul. If I have written of it, I don’t know what heading it would be under. Anyway, the conclusion I’ve come to, and this is merely an opinion, is that it is ludicrous in my opinion to believe that all the ‘prison epistles’ were written from Rome. Paul spent at least two but more likely three years in Caesarea under what amounts to ‘house’ arrest. He couldn’t leave, but otherwise he was not limited in having friends with him or (probably) write to folks he knew. Paul tells Philemon that he came to Christ under Paul’ ministry. Therefore, Onisimus would have been in that household and probably knew Paul. When news hit Asia that Paul was under arrest, Onisimus may have simply ran away to go help Paul–do whatever he could for him. He may have known him and came to love him through Philemon who hosted a ‘house church’. Onesimus may not have been too bright a person, because Paul implies that Philemon didn’t have a very high opinion of his service (Philemon 1:11). It may not have been his intention to run away, but simply seek out Paul and aid him in any way he could. — just my opinion, but there it is.

  9. Raymond McAlister

    April 12, 2013 at 12:18

    I have two problem that you may have already addressed. If so, please just tell me where I can find the information. The first is, it seems that Paul went to Jerusalem twice before going back to Tarsus. One is in Gal. 1:18 where he spent 15 days with Peter. The other is in Acts 9:26-27 where Barnabas introduced him to the Apostles. I can’t get these to fit together.

    My second problem is, how did Onesimus get from Colosse to Rome and how and why did he find Paul after he got there? Why would he go to Rome in the first place? Looks like that would have been a trip of around 1,000 miles, mostly by ship, which would have been expensive, to say nothing of the bounty hunters. Any thoughts?


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