Saul of Tarsus

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Saul was passionately serving who he believed was God. He wasn’t a down-right hater of religion or faith. In fact, he was such a religious person that the Bible dedicated half of a chapter to proving how religious he was.

The problem, was that his knowledge about God was incorrect-therefore his actions and beliefs were wrong. That’s why when Jesus appears to him on the road, Jesus says,”Why are you persecuting ME?” The One that you thought you’ve been serving-the One that all of your morality and religious fervor has been spent on…it’s ME! All of a sudden, Saul begins to realize that there needs to be a drastic change in the theology that he has found his home in. All of a sudden, his experience of God realigns the his direction in life and corrects the errors that his knowledge of Scripture have left him with.

So, an incorrect view of God and an incorrect knowledge of Him leads us to be an enemy of God, it doesn’t matter what your motives are. A correct view of God and a correct view of Scripture can be the difference between being an enemy of God or being His devoted servant. We must always be learning, always be questioning, and always open to a new, more correct understanding of the science of God.

  1. Well said. It is interesting to look at Paul’s conclusions post-conversion. Jesus gives him a new lens and he begins to interpret, not only Scripture, but the world in a completely different way.

    Random question: Do you think Paul’s method of studying Scripture changed after his conversion? Or did his method stay the same, while his theology changed, and thus his understanding of Scripture and his conclusions changed?

  2. ikehawk10 says:

    I had to read your question about 10 times before I understood what you were asking. You asked the question in a clear form, but for whatever reason my mind wasn’t soaking it up.

    I don’t know if his method would have changed, but I am sure there were moments where he was like, “so THAT’S what that’s referring to!”. I am sure he had moments of great clarity after his conversion.

    Good question D-att. I never would have thought about something sweet like that.

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