Is Paul one of the twelve Apostles?

My father first challenged me to see that Paul was not one of the 12 Apostles (I Corinthians 15:5,8). Now I needed to know, who then is Paul? If the Lord chose 12 Apostles and trained them for over 3 years, why then 1 year after He ascended into heaven did Jesus Christ save and make Paul an Apostle? Then I learned that he gave a new revelation to Paul about a new dispensation – Ephesians 3:1-11. This opened up much light and understanding. I learned about grace in the Baptist circles but what I failed to learn was what was going on before the dispensation of grace. When I learned what the “Gospel of the Kingdom” was (Matthew 4:17,23) and how distinctly different that is from the “Gospel of the Grace of God” (Acts 20:24) much confusion about works and grace (baptism, endurance, selling all, loosing life, even many of the Hebrew verses) were all cleared up so I could see and preach pure grace!

By learning how to rightly divide the scriptures I see more clearly the meaning of Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth.” God’s purpose for the nation of Israel is His reign restored on planet earth. God’s purpose for the Body of Christ is to restore his authority in the heavens (Ephesians 6:11,12). I now have understanding of what God was doing, is doing and will do – Ephesians 1:9,10.