Final thoughts on the three faces of Paul the Apostle
We have tried as it were to get inside the head of the 1st century Apostle Saul of Tarsus called Paul to perhaps give you some idea of what happened on that Damascus road that changed his. Some might have called Paul a visionary, Defined broadly, a visionary, is one who can envision the future. A vision can be political, religious, environmental, social, or technological in nature. By extension, a visionary can also be a person with a clear, distinctive, and specific (in some details) vision of the future, usually connected with advances in technology or social/political arrangements. Paul saw something or someone (he said he saw Jesus) and understood beyond what the average individual might pass over as being too inconsequential to even bother with, a waste of their too valuable time. In his Theology of the New Testament Rudolf Bultmann saw the matter, Paul was seeking to give expression to the kergma [Greek- Christianity the essential news of Jesus, as preached by the early Christians to elicit faith rather than to educate or instruct] through mythological language and symbols. Much of the Pauline passages were considered to be an instance of midrashic interpretation of Scripture. I might point that Many New Testament scholars had hopes that midrash might give them the missing key to understanding the formal structure of Paul’s argumentation. The message that Paul found in the Hebrew Scriptures was that the gospel of Jesus Christ proleptically figured, a gospel, proclaiming the inclusion of the Gentiles among the people of God; his exegesis of Hebrew Scriptures hammers relentlessly on this theme, a theme hardly central in rabbinic hermeneutics. Yes, Gentle Reader, Paul was in the truest sense of the word a visionary. Paul was permitted to see what others had only hoped to see, the outworking of the plan of the God, the end from the beginning.
I have been called at times a visionary, a prophet a seer "Anointed by God" and a lot of other head turning statements . But Gentle reader I confess to you I am not any of those people I’m am as you are a searcher of truth. Perhaps a peripatetic philosopher. A Historian, Linguist, Theologian, a polymath with a deep interest in all things physical, psychological, spiritual. A wanderer in the universe of the human mind and a seeker after God.
Like Paul who saw beyond his time or understanding to something greater than himself and tried to tell others, to teach, to inform that gentle reader, we are not alone, you are not alone in this universe. We are perhaps mere children of yet to be discovered family in a galaxy of stars.
The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.
Like Paul and all of the Mystics who have followed him we are still, despite what many may believe and insist that you believe them as well, evolving into what yet is to be seen. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.(Col 3:4 KJV)