It is hard to imagine that the Apostle Paul was very prejudiced against Gentiles at one time. We read his letters where he clearly believes God’s grace set him apart to “preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). This was a huge departure from his former life that made him proud of being “of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the laws, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church” (Philippians 3:5).
This all changed because of “the heavenly vision”! That one encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road turned this man who was full of prejudice into a man who loved the Gentiles. I think one of the greatest expressions of this is found in his second letter to Corinth.
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18–20).
There is not one speck of prejudice in that statement! Paul is appealing to each of us, based on our own reconciliation with God, which we do not deserve, that we must in turn be ambassadors for Christ across every ethnic boundary around the world. God will not leave out one tribe from His plan. Will you?
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