The question of whether Paul is an apostle is a contentious issue among some Christian groups. For Evangelical Christians, the answer is clear: Paul is indeed an apostle.
Firstly, Paul’s own testimony in the New Testament repeatedly claims that he is an apostle. In his letters to the churches in Corinth and Galatia, Paul identifies himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ, chosen by God and commissioned to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.
Secondly, the other apostles in the New Testament also recognize Paul as an apostle. In his letter to the Galatians, Peter refers to Paul as “our beloved brother” and acknowledges the grace of God that was given to him. James, the brother of Jesus, also recognizes Paul as an apostle in his letter to the scattered Jewish Christians.
Lastly, Paul’s teachings and writings have had a profound impact on the Christian faith. His letters make up a significant portion of the New Testament and his theology on justification by faith and the relationship between Jews and Gentiles has been influential in shaping Christian doctrine and practice.
In conclusion, for Evangelical Christians, there is no doubt that Paul is an apostle. His own testimony, recognition from other apostles, and influence on Christian theology all point to his status as one of the apostles chosen by Jesus Christ to spread the gospel to the world.