Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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;
"But rise and go to the city, and you will be told what you are to do.
And I asked, "'What am I to do, Lord?' "And the Lord said to me, "'Rise, and go into Damascus. There you shall be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.'
"Go," replied the Lord; "he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name to the Gentiles and to kings and to the descendants of Israel.
Now there were in Antioch, in the Church there--as Prophets and teachers--barnabas, Symeon surnamed 'the black,' Lucius the Cyrenaean, Manaen (who was Herod the Tetrarch's foster-brother)
Then he said, 'The God of our forefathers has appointed you to know His will, and to see the righteous One and hear Him speak.
For Judas was reckoned as one of our number, and a share in this ministry was allotted to him."
But, as for us, we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the delivery of the Message."
But even the sacrifice of my life I count as nothing, if only I may perfect my earthly course, and be faithful to the duty which the Lord Jesus has entrusted to me of proclaiming, as of supreme importance, the Good News of God's grace.
After exchanging friendly greetings, Paul told in detail all that God had done among the Gentiles through his instrumentality.
through whom we have received grace and Apostleship in His service in order to win men to obedience to the faith, among all Gentile peoples,
that I should be a minister of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles, doing priestly duties in connexion with God's Good News so that the sacrifice--namely the Gentiles--may be acceptable to Him, being (as it is)
2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, being engaged in this service and being mindful of the mercy which has been shown us, we are not cowards.
2 Corinthians 5:18
And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has appointed us to serve in the ministry of reconciliation.
in which I have been appointed to serve, in virtue of the work which God, in the exercise of His power within me, has graciously entrusted to me.
as you learned it from Epaphras our dearly-loved fellow servant. He is to you a faithful minister of Christ in our stead,
1 Thessalonians 3:2
and sent Timothy our brother and God's minister in the service of Christ's Good News, that he might help you spiritually and encourage you in your faith;
1 Timothy 1:12
I am thankful to Him who made me strong--even Christ Jesus our Lord--because He has judged me to be faithful and has put me into His service,
1 Timothy 4:6
If you warn the brethren of these dangers you will be a good and faithful servant of Christ Jesus, inwardly feeding on the lessons of the faith and of the sound teaching of which you have been, and are, so close a follower.
2 Timothy 4:5
But as for you, you must exercise habitual self-control, and not live a self-indulgent life, but do the duty of an evangelist and fully discharge the obligations of your office.
And, in a vision by night, the Lord said to Paul, "Dismiss your fears: go on speaking, and do not give up.
"After my return to Jerusalem, and while praying in the Temple, I fell into a trance.
The following night the Lord came and stood at Paul's side, and said, "Be of good courage, for as you have borne faithful witness about me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome."
For there stood by my side, last night, an angel of the God to whom I belong, and whom also I worship,
2 Corinthians 12:1
I am compelled to boast. It is not a profitable employment, but I will proceed to visions and revelations granted me by the Lord.
For, in fact, it was not from man that I received or learnt it, but by a revelation from Jesus Christ.
I went up in obedience to a revelation of God's will; and I explained to them the Good News which I proclaim among the Gentiles. To the leaders of the Church this explanation was made in private, lest by any means I should be running, or should already have run, in vain.