was the apostle paul a prophet?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The wikipedia definition of prophet: "In religion, a prophet is a person who has directly encountered God, of whose intentions he can then speak as if he were God himself."
By including the epistles of Paul in the canon of scripture, the Christian church believes Paul's testimony that he encountered the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus and that the words he wrote which were included in the New Testament were inspired by the Holy Spirit and accurately convey God's message to the world.
But there are troubling statements by St. Paul concerning such things as women's role in the church and homosexuality and tolerance of slavery. Certain denominations choose to overlook these verses or attribute them to Paul's own opinion (although he does not present them as such).
While I personally disagree with such ideas, I think it is intellectually dishonest to pick and choose what I like and reject the rest and still think I am following the teachings of the bible. Therefore, one should either accept orthodox Christianity as it is presented in the New Testament or reject it and find another religion more palatable. I choose to believe that somehow ALL of Paul's writings in the New Testament reflect the will of God, and that I must reconcile that fact with my own personal beliefs, however distasteful that might be.
- 4 years ago
Paul was a Apostle because according to Luke 16:16 John the Baptist was the last prophet. Everyone after him were apostles, and Paul had the title of the greatest Apostle of the Word of God. Paul preach the Good News of the Gospel...
- 1 decade ago
No. He was an apostle- but he truly heard from God. In fact all that information he wrote in the New Testament came from two resources. Much of it is from the Old Testament, and most of it came to Paul by way of direct revelation from God. This is why the New Testament is inspired scripture.
Paul was a martyr. Like all the apostles, he was killed for his faith, dying for someone who already had died for him. He was the 14th apostle (Mathias being the 13th) which brings up the real question: why not apostles today?Source(s): www.mormondefense.com
- Anonymous5 years ago
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Paul was first a prophet - a New Testament prophet; and later promoted to the office of Apostle. This occurred as recorded in Acts 13............. "In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off." Acts 13:1-3 After being sent out Saul (soon to become Paul as stated later in the same chapter); and Barnabas both became apostles, which is what apostle means - a "Sent One". This is the order of offices in the Church........... "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues." I Corinthians 12:27-28
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- 1 decade ago
Paul was an Apostle of Jesus Christ.
Once he was the one who tried to eliminate the followers of Christ.
The moment he was caught by Jesus Christ he obeyed Lord and became His Apostle. he was the one who edified the Church more than all others.
All his prophecies were to edify the Church of Jesus Christ and not for the world as the Prophets till John the Baptist did.
The correct answer is HE WAS A PROPHET.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I say: "NYET!!"
The book of Acts presents Paul as a prophet, but Paul claims that he is an Apostle.
- lovephotoLv 51 decade ago
actually before he was striken by the Light of God on his way to Damascus, he was someone who tortured and killed christians for the romans. Left blind by the Light he was healed by a christian and regaining his sight he started travelling troughout the roman empire giving lectures to the christian communities(letters of saint paul). So more than a prophet he can be considered one apostle of Jesus who spreaded His word
- they're savagesLv 51 decade ago
Paul can't be prophet 'cause he never prophesied, he only preached so that makes him a disciple of Christ or an apostle.
- shiningonLv 61 decade ago
well he was an Apostle...an Apostle is one who operates in all the offices of the church....the pastor the teacher the evangelist the prophet etc......so in answer to your question yes he operated in that office
- Anonymous1 decade ago
He was an apostle and a healer he made the blind walk and the lame he made see. Of course the blind could walk but they still kept bumping into thing. Nothing he could do about that. xx