THE CHRISTIAN KILLER BECAME THE CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE
by Moody Adams Paul was determined to stamp out every single follower of Christians. He said, “I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it”--(Galatians 1:13). Paul went about having believers stoned to death. But after declaring that he saw the risen Christ, he gave up his position as a renowned Jewish leader. He gave up the wealth of a rabbi. He gave up the reputation of one who had studied under the great teacher Gamaliel. He suffered great persecution: “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakedness”--(II Corinthians 11:24-27). All of this was the result of declaring he had seen Jesus Christ after he had risen from the dead. Before being beheaded for his faith in Rome, Paul wrote these words that resonate with assurance of his immortality: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”--(II Timothy 4:6-8).