- Paul's pedigree is one of impeccable Jewish credentials (Phil 3:5-6; Gal 1:14; 2 Cor. 11:22), who was educated by the most famous Jewish scholar of his day, Gamaliel (Acts 22:3; 5:35; 23:6; 26:5).
- Before becoming the great missionary, Paul was a persecutor of the church (Acts 8:3; 9:1). In his letters Paul acknowledges his sinful past persecuting the church (Gal 1:13; 1:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:9; Phil 3:6; 1 Tim. 1:13).
- The conversion narratives in the book of Acts (9; 22; 26) parallel statements in the Epistles (Gal 1:15; 1 Cor. 9:1; 15:8; 2 Cor. 4:6).
- Paul supports himself by his own labors and not always from church support (Acts 20:34; 28:3; 1 Thess. 2:9; 2 Thess. 3:7-8; 1 Cor. 9:18).
- The missionary pattern of Paul is to go first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46-48; 28:25-28; Rom. 1:16; 2:-9-10; 10:12; 1 Cor. 1:22, 24; 12:13; Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11)
- Paul is shown to be able to adapt to Jewish or Gentile settings in preaching the Gospel (cf. 1 Cor. 9:19-23)
Liberals get themselves all worked up when they see any sort of diversity in the Scriptures but seems to plug their ears when evidence to the contrary is pointed out. It does not surprise me at all that Luke pictures Paul a bit different than Paul pictured himself. I'm sure my friend would talk about me in a different light than I would talk about myself. Surely, I would talk about my mentors different than they would talk about themselves. Also, humility demands Paul to not picture himself as a hero or celebrity missionary. Luke even describes Paul as taking this route (Acts 14:11-15). Therefore, we should not be shaken by a bit of diversity.