“Jesus is the Standard. Paul is the Pattern.”
When we say “Paul is the Pattern,” we aren’t striving to be Paul, but we strive to imitate his faith. Apostle Paul’s calling was unique as he considered himself “untimely born” and “the least of the apostles” (1 Cor. 15:9).
When the Lord Jesus declared in John 10 that He had “sheep not of this fold” (John 10:16); I’m sure he had Paul in mind, whom He would raise up to bring in the Gentiles who were alienated from their God.
Saul of Tarsus was a devout Jew hailing from the tribe of Benjamin. He kept the law of God blamelessly and persecuted the church of God for he was zealous for the traditions of his fathers (Gal. 1:14). He stood in approval as Stephen was martyred for the faith (Acts 7:58-60, 8:1) and as he “breathed threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1) the Lord miraculously saves him from his Hell-bound race. And the same is true for us who believe on Jesus today. While we were dead in trespasses and sins, at the right time Christ died for us.
If Christ can save a murderous Jew who set out to destroy His Bride, then He can save anyone. This is why Paul was called- to demonstrate the grace, love and mercy of Christ to sinners (1 Tim. 1:16) of whom I am the worst.