The apostle Paul fascinates me. His story is unbelievable when you think about it. He was a Pharisee who made it his personal mission to kill all followers of “The Way,” followers of Jesus Christ. He hated believers. He hunted them down, and was determined to remove them all from the face of the earth. If any one man was consumed by hatred, it was Paul (still known then as Saul).
But then one day, as he was traveling the road to Damascus, he encountered Jesus, the very same Jesus that he did not believe existed. He was face-to-face with the son of God. No longer could he deny the existence of Jesus. No longer could he persecute the followers of Jesus. No longer could he feel hatred toward them, and be filled with murderous rage that he had spent so long acting upon. No more . . . because after that encounter with Jesus on a dirt road to Damascus, Saul became a follower of Jesus as well. He became who he had spent years persecuting. He became who he had spent years hating. He became who he had spent years hunting down and murdering. He became Paul, the apostle who is responsible for writing more than half of the New Testament.
Paul spent his life traveling the world, sharing the word of Jesus with anyone that would listen. His life’s mission went from seeing all believers physically dead, to seeing that the spiritually dead became believers. He preached. He spoke. He ran the good race, because God saw something in Saul that could change the world for the cause of Christ. And as Paul, his impact was felt the world over.
This is the second in a series of scripture writing plans based on Paul’s books in the New Testament. Last month I started with Romans. You can find that scripture writing plan here. For July we will work through one of my favorite New Testament books: 1 Corinthians. My goal is to create a new writing plan each month for each of Paul’s books. I look forward to this journey, and I hope you enjoy the journey with me.
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Until next time . . .