Paul, in Galatians 1:1, identifies himself as the writer of the letter to the Galatians.
Before coming to faith in Jesus, Paul was a Pharisee.
His dad was a Pharisee.
As a Pharisee, Paul was wholeheartedly committed to obeying the law of Moses, believing that if he obeyed, he would become righteous (clean and pure before God, completely accepted by God).
That is until he met Jesus, and grace was poured out abundantly upon Paul.
This outpouring of grace transformed Paul’s life.
With this encounter with Jesus and experience of grace, Paul learned that righteousness does not come by following the law of Moses but comes only by grace through faith in Jesus.
Before Paul’s encounter with Jesus…
Before Paul experienced the grace of Jesus…
He was a self-righteous man.
He was a religious man.
Paul was a violent man.
He was an angry man.
Paul terrorized the people in Jerusalem who where placing their faith in Jesus as the long-awaited Christ, the one appointed by God to be the King of Israel and Savior of the world.
He had them arrested and some put to death.
People were very afraid of Paul.
Then his encounter with Jesus came...his grace encounter...an encounter that transformed his life.
Paul, this Pharisee who was passionate for the law of Moses, became passionate about the grace of Jesus.
His passion for grace surfaces in his letter to the Galatians.
We will learn more about Paul and his passion for grace in future posts.
For now, let’s know this…
When people encounter the grace of God freely given to them in Jesus, it transforms their lives forever.
It transformed Paul’s life.
It transformed my life.
It transformed your life.
And it will transform the lives of many others too!