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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 1:13-24
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13 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:
“For you have heard of my former manner of life in
Judaism, (and he described that life) how I used to
persecute the church of God beyond measure, and tried
to destroy it.” If you could summarize Paul’s
greatest, pre—salvation, experience, it would be this
effort to destroy the church of God. Now before his
conversion, he would have never in a billion years
considered the Christians to be the church of God or a
church at all. He saw this group as the greatest
threat to Judaism and took it upon himself to rid
Jerusalem and everywhere else once and for all of
these followers of Christ, who was crucified as a
criminal. Now Paul was not some misguided religious
zealot, he was OUT OF HIS MIND. If you could name the
greatest and yet the most insane Pharisee during
Paul’s time, the award would have to go to Paul
himself. Paul was out of his mind in his madness
against the church.
>> Two things we are going to establish here.
> First, Paul was not some insignificant person no one
knew. He was not a neophyte, a rookie, a follower.
Paul was a leader, if not one of the greatest leaders
in Judaism. So when Paul reflects on his past
lifestyle, his readers, and his enemies, were well
aware of his incredible rise in Judaism and his
loyalty to the religion of the Jews.
1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense
[which I make] now unto you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew
tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he
3 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 ...
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