And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:12-17 NKJV
Paul the apostle, who wrote most of the New Testament. Who was imprisoned for his faith, died because he was a follower of Christ. This man would not be silent about the redemption He had found in Christ, and the simple fact that all need Jesus.
But Paul wasn’t always “Paul the Apostle”. In fact, he wasn’t even always Paul. Before the road to Damascus, he was called Saul. As mentioned in 1 Timothy, quoted above, Saul (later to be called Paul) was formerly a blasphemer (to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred: to utter blaspheme blaspheming against God), a persecutor (to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief), and an insolent (insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct; overbearing) Read More »