Phil.3:10 – that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…
I think the most influential person in the history of man (excluding Jesus Himself) would have to be the Apostle Paul. His revelation of Christ is being preached in thousands of churches weekly and has been for the last two thousand years. It all started that day an angry Pharisee, known as Saul of Tarsus, was struck to the ground by the power of God outside of Damascus, Syria. He was living in an atmosphere of hatred, doing all within his power to stop the emerging Christian Church. That all stopped when Christ appeared to Him on the Damascus Road. In those moments on the ground Paul’s life, as well as millions of others, were being drastically effected. Paul met Jesus of Nazareth for himself that day, our world could never be the same. Out of Paul’s revelation of Christ that began on that dirt road in Syria came most of what we call the New Testament today.
What were some of the foundational truths revealed to Paul? First there was Paul’s understanding of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. Here is how Paul said it in Ephesians 2:8,” For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God”.
Paul also had a revelation of the death of our old life so that we could live a new life in Christ. He taught this in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Paul taught us to live our lives for eternity, he had clearly seen the value of knowing Christ and living for him. This is what he said in Philippians 3:7,8 “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ”.
These are just a small sample of Paul’s revelation of Jesus Christ. Studying the writings of Paul will totally change your life.