Tuesday, May 05, 2015

People On His Mind

1 Corinthians 1:1 KJV
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

It has always been one of my pleasures to consider the various men that Apostle Paul mentions in his writings.

Here is a man mentioned, as far as I can recollect, at no other time by Paul. We have to presume (because we have no hard evidence) that this Sosthenes was the same ruler of the synagogue in Corinth who was beaten by the Greeks during Paul's church planting work there.[1]

Sosthenes was not a Christian, was mistreated by the Gentiles as a direct result of the Christians, and yet still, at some point, became a Christian. We make weak Christians when we try to protect them from the enemies of Christianity.

That Paul mentions him is not surprising considering the manner of Paul. He spoke of people
·       in the positive sense
·       in the negative sense and
·       in the course of Biblical communication

That reminds me that Paul had people always on his mind and we would do best to do the very same. 

[1] Acts 18:17 KJV
Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.

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