Spreading the Gospel – The Reality of Faith
Before December 6, 2002 my life was completely different. Fighting against the church was my job. When I say church I am not referencing a building on the corner, but the true church – the body of Christ. We, you and I, are the church. When I was fighting against the church it is only by the grace of God that someone didn’t get killed. It is only by the grace of God that I am not in prison. It is only by the grace of God that I have a great life or any kind of life what-so-ever. The thing is, fighting against the church takes a lot more energy and waste a lot of time. If you’re struggling with God just know you are not alone, we have all been there. God expects it, plans for it and knows exactly what to do with our unbelief. If we go to Him, seek Him and ask Him, in earnest, for forgiveness what happens next is nothing short of the most beautiful act of kindness that anyone can imagine. It is beyond description.
Paul did in fact kill people. Paul did, in fact, hunt down and kill, specifically, Christians. It was on the road to Damascus when God reached down, stopped Paul in his tracks and saved him for much greater things. If God can do that, well, whatever we have done surely pales in comparison.
1 Corinthians 15 NKJV
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and n which you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.