"I know of a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven..." wrote the apostle.
Who was this man?
He was so zealous for the religious traditions of his fathers that he was advancing in Judaism beyond many of his own age among his own people. He was running the religious race very well. Far more than just a member of the Adelsverien; his family went back much farther than those 500 Germans who came with Carl in 1845. He was a Jew's Jew, a Hebrew's Hebrew from the most zealous tribe. His father had him circumcised on the eighth day of his life, the proscribed day. Like his father before him, he was a Pharisee, thoroughly trained in the laws of Moses. He was also highly educated, intelligent, and fluent in several languages. For many legitimate reasons, he sat tall in the religious saddle of himself. Who was this man?