The Holy Spirit, By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Paul, formerly known as Saul, is first introduced in Acts 7-8 as a persecutor of Christians, and one compliant during Stephen’s stoning. In Acts 9, Saul has an encounter with the risen Christ that changes his life forever. Throughout Paul’s ministry, whether preaching to Jews or Gentiles, he will always proclaim the resurrection. Paul is extremely important to the book of Acts as he picks up Peter’s ministry and continues to take the gospel further and further into the Gentile world. While Luke is recording Paul’s ministry in the book of Acts, Paul is also writing letters (also known as the Pauline epistles) which now make up a majority of the New Testament. It is in these letters that Paul goes into detail defending his apostleship, but Luke will also defend him by describing him as a man filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:9), an apostle (Acts 14:14), and showing the parallels between the miracles both he and Peter performed. Paul is known for his missionary journey’s to the Gentiles, but he actually began by preaching to the Jews. In Acts 13 Paul gives his version of Peter’s Pentecost sermon, “preaching the resurrection as a fulfillment of Scriptural promises and the basis for forgiveness and justification.” Paul’s preaching made such an impact, the next Sabbath nearly the whole city gathered to hear Paul preach. At the sight of the crowds the Jews became jealous and began contradicting what Paul was saying. This caused both Paul and Barnabas to realize that the Jews
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