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The Gospel that Paul preached and believed
Did not come to him by theological study
But revelation was the illumination he received
Though divinely directed he sought human landmarks
Was he on the same apostolic spiritual path?
For defying the apostolic order was a real bother
To Jerusalem he went to compare notes
Lest he had preached or believed in vain
His doctrines were same with the others
Because similar inspirations would not conflict
Here’s a lesson that would always be a blessing
Always check with the Word before you
Go overboard and outside of the Lord
Check that your experience fits the Word
Within boundaries set by apostles and prophets

 

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The Sight Of The Unspeakable

One day Paul was caught up into glory
And heard things not meant for a story
He was forbidden to utter about the matter
So it took him fourteen years to even muster
Courage to give barest outline of his experience
He was in a body and yet not in his body
For in eternity he shed the toga of humanity
And this our flesh now ageing and waning
Shall be tossed aside like a garment
Once we rise above the earthly firmament
He saw and could not write for words failed
To describe the third heaven of heavens
Where Christ reigns in unapproachable Light
In the sublime clime beyond time’s realm

Paul Escapes From Damascus

Who can escape a walled city when wanted?
By the resident garrison who were instructed
To arrest him by the Governor’s seal
Acting on King Aretas’ warrant and will
The Jews of Damascus played their card
The beholden king was obliged to deal
And bring their apostate enemy to heel
But God had other plans for Paul
Saintly helpers bundled him in a basket
But the walls were high and city gates locked
They winched him up and out by a window
Twas a gap in the tall wall-and lowered him
To miraculous safety on the other side
Garrison kept night watch not losing a stride
The morning discovery would destroy their pride

 

Arabian Conviction & Anathema

Saul with spiritual eyes now illuminated
Went to Arabia to study the Scrolls
Far from the maddening Mosaic trolls
In solitude to compare old prophecy
With this new unfolding revelation
The result of his aspiration was a conviction
That came not from intellectual perspiration
For what he got made prior learning naught
The sought truth was not what Rabbis taught
He could see Israel’s ancient desire
Was Christ-the manifested Messiah
Thus convinced he became concerned
Enough to propagate the true Word
With a burning flame of inspiration
He knew the source of his heartfelt Fire
Thus any contrary opinion drew his ire
He placed Anathema on any man or angel
Who dared to contradict this spiritual revelation
Or dilute it with a carnal interpretation