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The Power of the Gospel in the Life of Paul

July 24, 2013

It’s quite shocking the change what Paul went through in his life from Acts 8 to 1 Thessalonians 5, isn’t it?

“But Saul (Paul) began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”  Acts 8:3

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

At least two lessons for us:

1. The grace of God is deeper than we could imagine. It’s depth is for the rebellious and for those opposed to the purposes of God. If you have ever been in Paul’s footsteps and have repented of your past sin, God’s grace is sufficient for forgiveness. Nothing else is.

2. Nobody is outside of God’s rescuing power. Nobody. Period.

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