The significance of Paul's place in history and in the program of God has been all but lost sight of by the Church. As a result he is considered, even by Christian believers, as merely "an apostle" along with the twelve. Yet he was chosen entirely apart from the twelve, far from Jerusalem, out on Gentile territory. And he had not been a follower of Christ as they had been (Matt. 19:28); rather, just before his conversion he was "yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord" (Acts 9:1). And at his conversion he was immediately appointed an apostle (Acts 26:16,17; cf. 20:24).
In Paul we learn what the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished at Calvary, for Paul was, as he himself testifies, the chief of sinners, saved by the infinite grace of God (I Tim. 1:13-16), grace which could be justly bestowed only "through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:24).
In light of all this, God must have had some very special purpose in saving him. This is what this volume is really about. It is written to demonstrate from the Scriptures that God raised up Paul to be both the herald and the living demonstration of His grace to a doomed world.
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