Why was Paul of Tarsus never married?

Paul - Bible lexicon

The apostle Paul came from the tribe of Benjamin, a pure Hebrew, and was born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia. This gave him the privileges of Roman citizenship. Paul was a disciple of Gamaliel and a strict Pharisee. First he is introduced to us as a young man named Saul, at whose feet the witnesses and accomplices of Stephen's stoning laid off their clothes. He became a violent persecutor of the saints, both men and women. He did this with great devotion, believing that he was God's servant. His repentance, which had brought about the appearance of the Lord, was unique; he had changed so much that he was a brave fighter For Christ became a persecutor, not as before of Christ in the person of his saints. Immediately afterwards he preached in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. That is a defining point of his testimony. When the Jews in Damascus tried to kill him, he moved to Arabia, where he undoubtedly had deep exercises of the heart, but also learned more about the Lord.

After three years he went to meet Peter in Jerusalem, where he boldly preached in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Jews sought his life again, whereupon he was sent via Caesarea to his native city of Tarsus. There he was picked up by Barnabas to go together to Antioch, where the Gospel was already effective, and both of them worked there. After he, accompanied by Barnabas, had taken goods to Jerusalem on the occasion of the shortage there (his second visit there), he began his first missionary trip to Cyprus and Asia Minor. He and Barnabas then came back to Antioch, where he stayed "a long time." In the event of a difference of opinion as to whether converted Greeks should be circumcised, he traveled with Barnabas to Jerusalem to clarify the matter, and then came back to Antioch City was one of the cities where the work of the Holy Spirit was most pronounced. Far from Jerusalem, this city was not so exposed to Jewish influence, although communion with the local saints was maintained.

Asia Minor, Macedonia and Greece were the areas Paul visited during his second missionary trip. Unlike Barnabas, who wanted to take John Mark with him (he had separated from them on Paul's first missionary trip), Paulus took Silas with him as a companion and left with the full consent of the brothers. They were also accompanied by Timothy for part of the journey. Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, where he wrote the two letters to the Thessalonians. He then visited Jerusalem at the time of the Passover and then returned to Antioch. His third missionary trip was through Galatia and Phrygia. When he visited Ephesus, he separated Jesus' followers from the synagogue and met them in the school of Tyrannus. In Ephesus he wrote the First Letter to the Corinthians and probably also the Letter to the Galatians. After the turmoil initiated by Demetrius, he went to Macedonia and wrote the Second Letter to the Corinthians there. He then returned to Corinth and wrote the letter to the Romans there.

Paul preached at Troas after traveling through Macedonia and sailing from Philippi by ship. The Jews were constantly trying to kill him. When he came to Miletus, he had the elders brought from Ephesus and bid them farewell. Then he came to Tire, where he said goodbye to the brothers and sisters there, and was warned not to go to Jerusalem. In Caesarea, too, he was warned of what to expect in Jerusalem, but Paul said that he was ready not only to be captured for the name of the Lord Jesus, but also to die for him.

Paul reached Jerusalem shortly before Pentecost. To show that he was a good Jew, the brothers there asked him to take four men who had made a vow and purify themselves with them. But when he tried to do this, he was grabbed and beaten by some Jews from Asia. However, a Roman colonel, Lysias, saved Paul from the hands of these Jews. After he was placed in front of the sanctuary, the latter rescued him again and, to be on the safe side, brought him to Caesarea to see governor Felix at night. There the case of Felix was heard and he kept Paul as a prisoner in the hope that he would receive a bribe from him for his freedom. Two years later Felix was replaced by Festus and left Paul imprisoned in order to gain the favor of the Jews. The Jews asked Festus to send Paul to Jerusalem so that they could trap him on the way and kill him, but when Paul appeared before Festus, he refused a trip to Jerusalem, referring to the emperor. King Agrippa also heard about his case and he was ultimately referred to Rome. However, the ship there was shipwrecked near Malta, where he wintered. All passengers had previously been rescued.

When he came to Rome, he sent for the first of the Jews and preached to them; some believed, but the majority rejected the grace of God (fulfilling Isaiah 6: 9, 10). He, although still a prisoner, stayed in his self-rented house for two years. There he wrote the Epistle to the Colossians, the Epistle to the Ephesians, the Epistle to the Philippians, and the Epistle to Philemon.

So far the story of Paul is communicated in the Acts of the Apostles; but in the later letters it is suggested that he was released after the two years in Rome. What he did after that is not reported for sure; he probably visited Ephesus and Macedonia (1 Tim 1,3), wrote the First Epistle to Timothy, traveled to Crete (Titus 1,5) and Nicopolis (Titus 3,12), wrote the letter to Titus (the early scribes1 say that he had traveled to Spain, which we know he wished for, Romans 15:24:28), visited Troas and Miletus (2 Tim 4:13:20), wrote the letter to the Hebrews, and when he did that When he was a prisoner in Rome for the second time, seeing his death approaching, he wrote the Second Letter to Timothy. Early scribes say he was beheaded with the sword; this is likely because he was a Roman citizen.

Paul received his authority directly from Christ, who appeared to him in glory. He expounds this source of his apostleship especially in Galatians. Through Paul new light was brought forth as to the church in her heavenly character; he was God's special apostle when it comes to these things. To him was revealed the truth that the congregation is the body of Christ, and the Teaching of the new life in Christ Jesus, in which apparently no distinction is made between Jews and Gentiles. This drew great persecution from the Jews and Jewish teachers, who were neither willing to give up the law, nor could they endure the thought that Gentiles had the same position before God as they did themselves. Paul emphasized this because it was his mandate as an apostle for the Gentiles. Paul was also entrusted with what he calls "my gospel": this was the "gospel of glory" (Christ in glory, who has put away the sins of Christians and is presented as the last Adam, the Son of God, 2 Cor. 4 , 4). It doesn't just bring salvation - as big as that is! - but separates the believer from this earth and adapts him to Christ as he is in glory.

Paul was a great and faithful servant of Christ. He was content to mean nothing so that only Christ might be glorified. To the Thessalonians he was gentle as "a nurturing woman cares for her own children" (1 Thes 2,7). However, he was strict with the Corinthians when they tolerated sin in their midst. He had to assert his apostolic authority over them when some slanderer tried to wipe out his influence among them, and he was even stricter with the Galatians: they were in danger of being shipwrecked in the faith by false Jewish teachers who undermined the truth of the gospel.

In the letters we get a brief glimpse into Paul's life. He prayed for the removal of the thorn in the flesh that had been given to him for him Not would be arrogant. He received the answer that God's grace may suffice for him, and that is why he was able to say: “That is why I prefer to boast of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell on me. That is why I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and fears for Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong "(2 Corinthians 12: 9, 10). He could also say:" Life is Christ to me "and" Brothers, I do not consider myself to have grasped it; But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind, and reaching out to what is in front, I hunt, looking at the goal, to the battle price of God's calling up in Christ Jesus "(Philippians 3:13, 14). As a martyr he has The list of his privations and sufferings in 2 Corinthians 11: 23-28 reveals that only a small part of his great ministry is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.


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