Chapter One, Lesson Three
CHRIST'S EXAMPLE Page
V.13 ** So how bad was it, how does Paul describe
his life prior to his salvation?
He was formerly a:
1)blasphemer - one who slanders God, who overtly speaks evil
of Him. And all of this while he was pursuing his own righteousness
by trying to keep the Law through religious effort. cf. Philippians
2)persecutor - Paul was relentless in his role of a ferocious
persecutor of Christians.
cf. Acts 7:59-8:3, Acts 26:10
3)violent aggressor - an individual with no normal concern
for human kindness. Hubristes denotes a person driven by violence
and contempt for others.
cf. Acts 9:13-14
** What nearly unbelievable observation does Paul make about the treatment
he received from a gracious God?
And yet (or in spite of who I am) I was shown mercy.
The grace of God removes the guilt of our sin, granting us salvation.
Gods mercy takes away the misery caused by our sin.
cf. Hebrews 4:14-16
** Why was Paul so fortunate? Why did he receive Gods mercy and
grace in salvation through Jesus Christ?
...because [he] acted ignorantly in unbelief cf. Sinning
willfully after having a full knowledge
of the truth. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Living as a sinner, devoid of the truth. (Luke 12:42-48, Luke 23:33-34,
Again, it is important for us to realize that God reads the heart
of man. We should be extremely thankful for Gods saving grace
which has granted us salvation in the name of Jesus Christ and that
we did not continue in our ignorance to the point of becoming hardened
against the truth.
V.14 ** How adequate is the grace of God in our salvation?
It is ...more than abundant...
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