Romans 1:1b :
called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Paul had real authority to write Scripture. He was picked out by God and told what to write. I think it is important for us to review some passages that we have already gone through in order to remember the significance of this, so let’s review what Luke recorded in Acts. First, let’s see what Paul quoted Jesus as saying.
Acts 26:15-18 :
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Here we read that Jesus himself called Paul by going directly to him and telling him what to do. There is no question that Paul was called according to what Luke records in Acts.
What about being an Apostle? Well, we know that Paul was mentioned as an apostle too.
Acts 14:14a :
Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul…
Here we read that Luke was accustomed to calling both Barnabas and Paul “apostles.” We shouldn’t be too surprised about this because God had given apostles very clear special gifts. They usually had the gift of healing which included the ability to cure masses of people and to raise the dead as Paul was also recorded as doing.
Notice also that in the Acts 26 passage that Jesus clearly states that Paul would be sharing about turning from darkness to light, about the forgiveness of sins, and the inheritance of those sanctified by faith in Jesus. These are the things we are about to learn in this letter and they summarize some of the important elements of the Gospel that Paul was called to share.