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Romans 1:1a Paul,

Paul’s letters were all written with his name attached to them. Though it is debatable whether he wrote Hebrews. By very nature it would be very strange to write letters anonymously. They are by rule personal in nature, though Most of Paul’s letters are also written with an official tone, as is Romans, declaring and explaining the gospel which he preached.

Paul is his roman name, which makes sense considering he was addressing the Church of Rome, and that he was also Apostle to the Gentiles. His Jewish name was Saul, which he never uses, once he became the Apostle to the Gentiles.

There is a precious meaning to the name Paul which covers Paul’s spiritual attitude. Paul was small in his own eyes, and did not consider himself to be of any importance. In fact he considered himself to be the least of the Apostles because he had formerly persecuted the church. See 1 Corinthians 15:9. In another place Paul also refers to himself as the chief,(worst) of sinners. This was one reason why Paul was used so mightily by the Lord! See 1 Timothy 1:15.

Paul’s humble attitude is in stark contrast to the false Apostles who like to promote themselves and puff themselves up! This is one of the ways we can tell the true from the false.

Paul is a great example to us of the kind of mindset we are supposed to have.