According to Biblical references, Apostle Paul was one of the most popular and influencial leaders of the early church. He played a vital role in spreading the gospel across the world. Especially spreading the good news to the non-Jews (Gentiles) during the first century and this took him across the Roman empire.
Apostle Paul was born in the Roman city of Tarsus, the same city where Cleopatra made a seductive and colorful first meeting with Marc Antony. He invited the Queen to meet with him in Tarsus with the aim of becoming military allies. The Queen herself was dressed as an Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love. After almost 50 years later, Paul was born in the same city, located in what is today known as southern Turkey. He speaks of his native city to soldier (Roman), saying, “I am a Jew, and I’m from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen who hails from a no ordinary city.” (Acts 21:39).
He was converted while on his way to Damascus where he later spent three years in Arabia. He returned to Damascus after he left Arabia to preach the good news. Apostle Paul established more than a dozen churches, and he’s considered the author of 13 books in the Holy Bible—more than any biblical writer. As a result of this accomplishment, he became influential and one of the most influencial in biblical history. His impact on the world’s religious history remains evergreen.
Like every man, Apostle Paul had his own shortcomings especially before he became a Christian. He was popularly known for persecuting Christians. According to the Book of Acts, he, Paul was present when Stephen was stoned to death. He was formerly regarded to as Saul but after he gave his life to Christ, his name was changed to Paul. He has ever since became a tireless champion in the Christian race.
He had his first missionary journey with Barnabas, to Cyprus and Galatia and at the Council of Jerusalem, Paul made an important argument that; Gentile Christians do not need to abide with the Jewish law. After which he returned to Antioch to confront Peter over the entirety of the Jewish law. His second missionary journey was with Silas, through Greece and Asia Minor before settling in Corinth. He also wrote letters to the Thessalonians. His third missionary journey was at Antioch and Jerusalem.
He was at Ephesus when he wrote letters to the Corinth church and the Galatians. He also wrote letters to the Romans while he traveled through Greece and Yugoslavia (Illyricum)
Paul’s Arrest & Death
He was arrested and imprisoned at Caesarea when he returned to Jerusalem from his missionary journey. He was brought before Festus to be judged after this, he was also appeared before Ceasar the voyage to Rome where he appealed. While he was under house arrest in Rome, Paul wrote letters to Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians and the Phillipians. He was beheaded in Rome after his fifth missionary journey. Before he died, he wrote to Titus and Timothy.