Highlights from the Apostle Paul

Beyond the Gospels, the New Testament largely consists of the writings of the apostle Paul, a Jewish Roman who initially opposed Christians before being converted himself. After his conversion, Paul traveled from city to city as a missionary. He later wrote letters to his converts — eventually from prison in Rome. Many of these letters (along with some from other Christians) make up the bulk of the second half of the New Testament. Here are some of the best quotes from the Apostle Paul as part of our growing wisdom library.

Letter to the Romans

“You have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.”

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

“We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

Letters to the Corinthians

“We speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

“Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” [Note: Compare this passage to passages in the Tao Te Ching, which says that the Tao may appear foolish to some.]

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 

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