The Apostle Paul Before Christ Was a Brute
Christ taught you! If you have really heard His voice . . .
then throw off your old evil nature ... the old
you that was a partner in your evil ways.
2-17-18, Billy Graham Archives -- The Apostle Paul before his conversion was called 'Saul of Tarsus;' he was not meek. Proudly and brutally, he apprehended all Christians and sought to destroy them. Acts 22:20 He was bigoted, selfish, and vaunted. But after he learned the truth of Christ and was converted, he wrote his warm and affectionate letter to the churches of Galatia, he said, among other things, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness ..."
His meekness was God-given, not something man-made. It is not our nature to be meek. On the contrary, it is our nature to be proud and haughty. That is why the new birth is so essential. That's why Jesus pointedly said not only to Nicodemus, but to every one of us, “Marvel not that I say you must be born again!” John 3:3,7
Meekness begins there! You must have a change of nature.
New Heart: Ezekiel 36:25-27
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Proverbs 31:10, 28; Matthew 13:46
2-12-21, When we look at the truth of God and His requirement for salvation we realize there's only two 'religions.' WORKS or FAITH': Whether it be Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism that all preach doing certain 'works' to achieve forgiveness and eternal life with God; OR FAITH: repentance and trust in the finish work of Jesus living for Him. Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:36.
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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