It is believed that he wrote thirteen books of the Bible, together called the Pauline epistles.They are letters to churches and Christians. What should I do? And over against all this huge global reality, I stand here this morning, infinitely small by comparison, and say that the God who created the universe and holds all these countries and armies and weapons and systems in being is at work in the world, mainly calling individual persons to himself to be part of his people through the gospel of Jesus Christ. And I love him for taking the risk. I owe my life to the gospel of Jesus — and no one has taken me deeper into the mysteries of the gospel than Paul. [I have served Christ] with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. His own explanation was that he had seen the risen Jesus and received forgiveness and a mission. The Great Tradition of French Painting. He not only made paintings but also created bold woodcuts and sculptures and was an avid writer. He will be to us “the power of God and the wisdom of God.” And we will come to him and cleave to him and love him and trust him. The point here is that Paul’s combination of rationality and emotional authenticity are not the mark of a deluded or deceptive man. And Paul did exactly the same: he would come to a city and he would preach the gospel to the whole synagogue or the whole town square. The kind of human soul that emerges from his letters is not the soul of a deluded fanatic. In other words, in all this mammoth empire and world, God is dealing with them in a special way. (Philemon 12), We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. Grafton Galleries, London, United Kingdom (1910-1911). Paul the Apostle, previously known as Saul of Tarsus and now often called St Paul (2BC–67), was a Messianic Jewish-Roman writer and rabbi.He was a convert to Christianity. So the call of Paul to be an apostle was entirely gracious: it was free and undeserved. First, in verse 6 he says we are “the called of Christ Jesus.” And then, in verse 7 he says we are “called as saints.” So at least twice in these two verses, he emphasizes that who we are as Christians is based on the work of another, the One who calls us. The words are “called” and “ beloved.” Verse 6: “among whom [that is, the nations] you also are the called of Jesus Christ; to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”. Arosa's collection included works by Corot (q.v. May he continue to raise up Paul-type missionaries among us!) When Paul says in verse 6, “you are the called of Jesus Christ,” he probably doesn’t mean “called by Christ Jesus.” He probably means, “called by God into the fellowship of Christ Jesus.” I say this because this is what he teaches elsewhere in Romans and his other letters. . He decided to leave Europe again in 1895, moving to Tahiti and later to Hivaoa, a more remote island in the Marquesas. 1 (March 1958): 24-37. The audacity of claiming this! . 66. . Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (1936). The Macedonian Call resulted in Paul and his companions’ sailing from Troas to Neapolis, stopping for the night on the island of Samothrace. Another thing that needs to be shown is that this call of God into the fellowship of Jesus is given to some, not all, and that no injustice is done here because none has a right to the call. (Romans 9:15–18), My conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. All rights reserved. Why? An Exhibition of Paintings, Engravings and Sculpture by Gauguin. To him be glory forever. He is stating a public fact. "He had not been taught directly by Jesus," was what they were saying. Returning from Arabia, he stepped across the threshold of the synagogue in Damascus to preach Christ crucified and risen. Gauguin also studied Japanese prints and Indonesian art. I have lived with the apostle Paul for over sixty years — admired him, envied him, feared him, pounded on him, memorized him, written poems about him, wept over his sufferings, soared with him, sunk to the brink of death with him, spent eight years preaching through his longest letter, imitated him. He puts it on what is done to us and for us, just as he did in describing his own identity as a slave and apostle and servant of the gospel. (Galatians 1:13, 23–24). That is what we should know about ourselves mainly. Two women stand with bare feet, as if on sacred ground. He had not been eyewitness to the miracles that Jesus did. I am a better one — I am talking like a madman” (2 Corinthians 11:23). (Philippians 1:8), I am sending him [Onesimus] back to you, sending my very heart. And when you get to know him, you will either love him and believe him, or hate him as an imposter, or pity him as deceived, or, perhaps, simply be oblivious that you are dealing with a real man. I love him for the Christ he shows me, for the unsearchable riches of truth he opens to me, and for the constellation of his personal excellencies — all the more compelling because of how diverse, even paradoxical, they are. We need to ponder these words as the key to our own identity and what it means to be a Christian. It will be the divine supernatural call of God, just the same as in the beginning of the world when his call to the light created the light. His transformation, from murderer to lover, was widely known and undeniable. But what will make the decisive difference in who is saved? Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And unless we know that and believe that with all our hearts, we will be overwhelmed by the apparent bigness of all that happens in the world. ); Unframed: 131.3 x 89.5 cm (51 11/16 x 35 1/4 in.). Manet and the Post-Impressionists. One woman gestures to someone outside the picture, perhaps responding to a "call" from fate or destiny. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1934). That is risky. The Called of Christ and the Loved of God, Part 1, John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. This brings us to the third thing that I was assuming and need to demonstrate, namely, that the saving call of God into the fellowship of his Son is effective, or effectual — it accomplishes what it calls for; it creates what it commands. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing” (2 Corinthians 12:11). In that instance when he returned from Arabia to Damascus, Paul straddled his past and his future, even the fate of the world. © Copyright 2020 Catholic Exchange. We’re on a mission to change that. Paul obeyed the vision. Akron Art Museum (January 12-February 26, 1950). Or should I go into the religious houses of study and worship and proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God? We need Thanksgiving. The following year he married a Danish woman, Mette Gad. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem. ]: Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, 1954. And the only thing that can save us from our own corruption is a divine, supernatural, powerful, awakening call from God. We’re on a mission to change that. Editor’s note: This article first appeared on CE in Aug 2010. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Paul lived utterly for the glory of God in Christ. Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (organizer) (October 1-November 18, 1956). Gauguin spent the first seven years of his life with his mother and great uncle in Peru. So set your mind on the magnificence of Christ as the Lord of the universe, and on the power and wisdom of God the Father who created all this and plans all this and is managing all this, precisely for the building of his church — his people — by bringing about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. Finally, Paul takes the Christian message before high officials in several speeches connected to his trials (Acts 22, 24, 26). You can also watch the sermons in video format over on our YouTube channel.