It is good for us to ask some questions about the life and ministry of Paul. Why was he so effective and focused on spreading the gospel from Antioch to Rome in about ten years? What events in his walk with the Lord after conversion, helped to shape his new life and helped make that tremendous change from Judaism to being a faithful follower of Jesus.
As passionate as Saul (the old Paul) was about persecuting the Church (Christ), he became very passionate about proclaiming the person he had persecuted. With such a dramatic change, some asked; “is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name [Jesus]? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests? (Acts 9:21). Saul turning his back on a life of religious pride and hatred against Christ and those who represented Him, to a life of devotion to Christ. A man like Saul who made a 180 degree change would make many people wonder whether it was real or just a mentally deranged state.
It was real! “Saul increased all the more in strength and confronted the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ [Anointed Messiah]. (9:22).
One of the proofs of our conversion is what we say to those we used to associate with. When conversion is not deeply rooted in Christ delivering us from sin and all our sins, and receiving God’s forgiving grace, we will not be able to say much about what has happened in us. The ‘confession with our mouth’ (Romans 10:9-10) will be difficult to make and not convey a real transformation God intends to make.
Do those who knew you before your conversion ask what made the change they see in your life?
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