June 19th, 2019
Paul Was Relentless
Galatians 1:13-14 (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.
There was likely hardly a person in these ancient times who was not familiar with Paul, both after his conversion and well ad those who were also familiar with his past. You see, his past life was to shake the hearts of Christians. Yes, the grave persecution and harassment of Christians, sometimes unto death, Paul and associates practiced daily often preceded him.
Paul’s reputation was that he was relentless about tradition, a proud Jew sporting heritage, and was an avid persecutor of Christians too. He clung to both traditions and the law, even perhaps serving in a “Kangaroo Court” with like-minded Jewish individuals who operated apart from agreeing with God.
Like Paul, it often does a man good to visit his past which has been settled through a new spiritual heart and eternal vision resting in Christ. That is, if he or she does not linger in his or her favorite sins but keeps moving ahead with spiritual vigor and new credentials found only in Christ having an eternally victorious life.
As much as Paul was relentless about the persecution of Christians, he was now just as persistent as a new creature in Christ.
Paul’s heart and mindset were now forever changed by the presence and power of God. In the context of this verse, Paul is looking at his past through his changed eyes of the present. He was still relentless, but about things of God, rather than Jewish traditions and wayward mindsets.