St. Paul spent fourteen years pondering the truths of our faith.

Wednesday, 10/5/16

The next two weeks we will be following Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Yesterday we read the  story of Paul’s conversion, followed by his going up to Jerusalem to meet with the Apostles. That was Chapter One.

Today, starting Chapter Two, we read, “Then, after fourteen years, I again went up to Jerusalem.”  

Fourteen years! Where was he in the meantime? What was he doing in those years?

For the answer to that we need only to look at his Letters. For one, let’ look at Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

In it’s Chapter Thirteen we read,

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. ... Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. ... Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

In it’s Chapter Fifteen we read

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

We often see and hear those words quoted. None of us can come up with such fine words. It was the same with Paul. Those perfect words did not just pop into his head. No! They came to him a little bit at a time. They came as slow products of fourteen years of his pondering the great truths of our faith.

In the last eight years of our seminary training we began each day with a half hour of silently musing and praying over some mystery of our faith. What was good for us, will also work for you. No other form of prayer will help you as much as by your quietly pondering the truths of our faith.

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