Many Christians struggle with the idea that God is absolutely sovereign and has foreknowledge of what He is going to do. I am afraid theologians have debated questions like this far too much and taken the awe and wonder out of our faith in the grace of God and work of Christ.
For Paul, this was a fact of his conversion. I am sure that in the days and weeks after his Damascus road experience, he smiled as his mind compared what he had been in Judaism with the revelation God had given him about salvation by grace alone. Paul says it this way in Galatians 1:15; “But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles.”
The logical question might be; if God knew he was going to do this, why wait until Saul committed crimes against the name of Jesus before transforming his life? If God had taken that path, we would have missed the depth of humility we see in this apostle and his expressions of gratitude for what God did in His life. Paul’s clear understanding of the pure gospel might not have been so vivid had he not gone through the “Pharisee” experience. He learned grace in all its purity.
There is not one believer that has not received the grace, mercy, love and sovereign will of God that brought them from darkness to light, from being dead in sin to new life in Christ. That has all been in the will of God; when and how it should happen. As Paul did, let’s rejoice and worship Him for such glorious plans. It will cause us to live for that plan with renewed energy and devotion.
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