Greetings one and all! I hope and pray all is well with all of you.
In this installment of Acts, The Missional Church we’ll look at Saul of Tarsus. I have read an excellent book called Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles Swindoll. It is a character study on the Apostle Paul. I highly recommend the book. The first time we meet him in scripture, he is a terrorizing person. In the book of Galatians, Paul tells our brethren there about his “previous way of life in Judaism” and “how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it” (Gal. 1:13). In Acts 8:1-3 we’ll get a small taste of this man’s intensity.
We’ll remember it was Saul of Tarsus who was the driving force behind Stephen’s murder, because he took care of the robes of those who stoned Stephen to death. As it turned out, this was just the start of the furry Saul would unleash on Christians (v 1). In verse 3 we’ll see Saul went from house to house to imprison men and women both. He was out to “destroy the church” (v 3). Thankfully he doesn’t stay this terrorizing figure. But for now, we’ll leave it at that.
In his book, Swindoll says one might think Paul had always loved this Jesus he loved so much. But was we have just looked at Saul was anything but. He was a Christian hater and killer. He was out to wipe Christianity off the face of the earth. He would tell one of the Roman rulers he felt inspired (as it were) to do many harmful things to Jesus’ name and people (26:9). We’ll see how Saul, the terrorizer into Paul, the man of grace and grit.
I certainly hope this is helpful for you and is making since.
Thank you all for reading my thoughts here. As always comments, further thoughts, questions, etc are always welcome.
God bless you all. Grace and Peace :}