It may be shocking to realize that the great Apostle Paul was once a zealous persecutor of Christians—that is, until he encountered Jesus! When he shared his testimony of faith, Paul was quick to acknowledge his unworthiness, to praise the amazing grace of God, and to serve the Lord relentlessly out of deep gratitude. Christianity is not a performance-based religion, Alistair Begg assures us; it is a grace-grounded relationship. When we truly encounter Christ, our lives are transformed.
8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
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