Transformational Conversion

I am amazed at just how deeply Paul was transformed by his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.  Even though his crimes against Jesus and the Church had been so heinous, Paul never seeks to punish himself.  He is a man who lives free, his sins cleansed.  It is not a partial transformation, but an entire conversion.  He considers himself the worst of sinners, but he does not consider his sufferings a result of his sin.  His sufferings for Jesus are never portrayed as a consequence of his earlier atrocities.  Paul simply says that he once persecuted Jesus, but because of God’s forgiveness and grace became one who was persecuted for Jesus. (See Acts 9:17-18; 22:16; 26:14-18.)

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