"For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God."
Please read 1 Corinthians 15:9 & Ephesians 3:1-12
We should all be very familiar with Paul from Week 2. We should especially be familiar with Paul’s past horrific deeds. In this day and age we could probably compare Paul’s actions to those we are seeing in the Middle East among ISIS and Hamas. His past was one that most Christians would do their very best to put a lid on. We don’t want anyone to know that before we were saved we were sinners right?
Paul did just the opposite, in 1 Corinthians 15:9 he tells of his undeserving status as an apostle due to his persecution of the Church. Paul speaks openly regarding his past so that the fullness of God’s grace and forgiveness can be understood by all. Ephesians 3:1-12 sums up the purpose of Paul’s past perfectly. Without Paul’s testimony of Grace, without his true understanding of its impact, we who are Gentiles would still be very lost. We would be still be shunned from the “inner circle”. We would not have had anyone to tell us of why God’s Grace can change us even the Law kept us out. Paul’s history was an absolute must-be-told story in order to give Gentile believers the opportunity to join the family of God through Grace. What doors will your history open up?
Devotional written by Lindsey.
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Focus on this today: "For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God."