"Paul, Apostle of
Paul, Apostle for Christ is a powerful and
remarkable telling of the story of the great apostle.
Magnificently portrayed by James Faulkner, who brings a
reverence and solemnity to the role, Paul often utters
quotes that the viewer will recognize from the Scriptures.
When some underground believers talk of attacking the
Romans, Paul tells Luke (Jim Caviezel), “We cannot
overcome evil with evil. Only good overcomes evil.” He
adds that “love is the way” and later states that
where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.
and Luke’s faith is tested, as is that of the other
believers, as the prefect of the territory, Mauritius
(Olivier Martinez), intends to squash any sign of
rebellion or the spreading of Christianity. The movie
opens in A.D. 67, and Paul has recently been imprisoned in
Mamertine Prison by Emperor Nero, who blames him for the
spreading of the Christian message. Interestingly, when
Mauritius’ daughter becomes gravely ill, he allows the
physician Luke to attend to her.
film re-creates Paul’s conversion on the road to
Damascus, when he was known as Saul, and he comments that
he once hated the Christians, the very ones he eventually
comes to defend and love. A scene also features Ananias,
who prayed for Paul’s blindness after Paul lost his
sight at the brightness of Christ.