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.)
Author: Ken Castor
KEN CASTOR - As a veteran youth pastor, Ken Castor is excellent with a nerf gun and is addicted to caffeine. He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College in Minnesota, where he started the NEXT Ministry Conferences. Ken speaks across the U.S. and Canada, and has a doctorate focused on passing faith and leadership through the generations. He is the Blue Letters Editor of the award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible and has authored several books like Grow Down and Make a Difference. He lives near Minneapolis with his amazing wife and hilarious kids.