January 05, 2017
Paul Was Proud of His Pedigree
Acts 22:3 (KJB) I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
Paul is recounting his pedigree and noteworthy training in this scripture verse. He was somewhat boastful in revealing his privilege of being born a Jew. He was also honored to passionately study the law at the feet of Gamaliel who was a devout Jew and leader. Paul was instructed in the beliefs of the Pharisees and followed the law and was passionate about things of God.
Paul began his adult life filled with avid arguments against God and Christianity. He stood firmly in dark opposition to any who professed to know and believe in God. Paul zealously stood against the ways of God.
That is until one eventful day when God rigorously tugged purposefully at his heart dropping him humbly to his knees on that road to Damascus. From that day on Paul had an about face and vehemently was moved to serve God. He began to view sin in agreement with God and changed the wayward course of his life to live in agreement with God.
Paul’s life is a clear reminder to us that our heritage and birth right have no power over the dreadful condition of our natural heart. To live in agreement with God takes a supernatural work of God to quicken alive dead hearts.