Question 3: Paul’s words may not be the words of God, but after he was called, he spent his life preaching and suffering for the Lord. He traveled so far, and labored so hard to establish the Lord’s churches. His contributions to the church are plain for all to see! His faith in the Lord and his sufferings are something that all Christians should be emulating! Will you go so far as to deny that?
Answer: Most people only see in Paul’s letters the fact that he suffered for his preaching, but they don’t really understand his nature and substance. We all know that while Jesus was working, Paul was the chief persecutor who hated the truth and resisted the Lord Jesus. Even Paul himself didn’t dare deny that. The Lord Jesus preached so many sermons, and performed so many miracles. Why did Paul still hate Him and resist Him? Why was he obsessed with catching and persecuting His disciples? This shows us that Paul, by his nature and substance, hated the truth and hated God. Why did he protect the interests of the chief priests and the Pharisees so fiercely? And why was he so loyal to Judaism? This shows us that he was only concerned with his position, not with God. For a higher position, he would rather resist the true God and persecute the believers. He would pay any price to gain rewards within Judaism. What kind of a man is this? It isn’t hard to decipher. Against what backdrop was Paul sent forth as an apostle to preach the gospel? While he was engaged in his mad pursuit of the Lord Jesus’ disciples, the Lord had to appear to him in the sky, blinded him with a great light and brought him to his knees. The Lord did not appear to Paul because of his devotion, did He? He appeared in order to punish Paul. Paul forced His hand. He was forced to labor and suffer for Him because the Lord Jesus had appeared to him. And his goal was penance. He saw that the Lord was almighty, that He could blind him, and make him kneel before Him. He agreed to sacrifice for the Lord because he feared being sent to hell as punishment. If the Lord Jesus had not appeared to him, based on his devilish nature of savagely resisting Lord Jesus, would he have followed the Lord and labored for Him? Absolutely not! And so, Paul’s faith in the Lord Jesus was not genuine, and his suffering and laboring was not done willingly. He was forced. He had no choice.
from the movie script of Stinging Memories