June 21st, 2019
From Persecuting to Preaching
Galatians 1:13-16 (KJB) For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.
The law of God coupled with an arrogant stance was wielded like a weapon by Paul and his associates. God’s Word has many instances recorded of persecution among believers from these Jewish men who sought to please other men, enforce traditions, and make known laws of the land with force. This exercise was for pounding beliefs and traditions of zealous Jewish men into others who believed in God and His work, rather than keeping the law and relying upon works of man.
Essentially these Jewish men were saying “it is my way or the highway…” with no relief or compassion for any who did not opt to sign on to their way of thinking.
This opposition and harassment were expected, then and today, as children of God stand firmly against it. Not only that, a man of God is to embrace any such opportunity for witnessing the gospel message. This sowing of seeds is the way a man like Paul could go from persecuting Christians to preaching truths of God in the pulpit is to be introduced to the power and presence of God.
This kind of pummeling still takes place against God’s spiritual family willing to stand separated from evil and be singled out by those whose hearts oppose God.
It seems impossible for a man like Paul to go from persecution to preaching the truth. However, with God anything is possible. The life of Paul stands to this day to attest to what the power and presence of God can do in the life of a lost heart being quickened spiritually alive. These ancient Christians faced great oppression from Paul and others to such spiritual extremes that many modern-day Christians have not faced today.