Transition from persecutor to prisoner of Christ

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Philemon 1:9 NASBS
yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus-


This is not a new story for all those who have read the scriptures. But it’s great story to meditate upon. I invite you to join me in the journey into the history. Let’s do a small survey on the life of Paul the chief of sinners.

Saul of Tarsus

This is a life story of Mr Saul from Tarsus. He was a young Jewish fanatic. He assented to the stoning of Stephen to death. He decided to finish all those who followed Jesus Christ. He ravaged the church of Jesus Christ. He went house to house and dragged the disciples to prison.

Saul the persecutor

Saul was breathing threats and murders against the disciples of Jesus Christ. He asked recommendation letter for the synagogues in Damascus to arrest those who followed the Jesus way.

The encounter with bright Light

As he approached Damascus a bright light was shown around him. He heard a voice, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He asked, “Who are you Lord?” He got the reply, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” Others with him heard voice but saw no one. Saul was blinded and was led by his companions.

Saul the brother

Ananias was commissioned by Jesus Christ to lay his hands so that Saul should regain his sight. Saul of Tarsus became brother Saul. Jesus Christ chose Saul to show him “how much he should suffer for Christ.”

Saul to Paul to minister

Saul was also known as Paul. Saul means desired while Paul means little one. Paul chose to be called little one through the rest of his life. He was taken to desert in Arabia to learn and receive more revelations. Then Paul along with Barnabas did lot of ministry.

Paul the apostle

Then Paul understood that he was called to be the apostle to the gentiles. He went on serving the people in many different areas. Preaching the gospel of Christ Jesus.

Paul the prisoner

At end he was falsely accused and imprisoned. The Jews were very upset because once upon a time he hated Jesus Christ and his disciples and now he himself followed Jesus and was preaching his teachings.

Paul the witness to Jesus

Paul ultimately became the prisoner of Christ. He was in chained not because he was a criminal. He was imprisoned because he preached Jesus. He was not upset about his condition. Jesus Christ had commissioned him to bear witness to Jesus Christ in front of Kings and others.

Paul the Martyr

The history tells us that Paul was martyred for the sake of his faith in Jesus Christ. He never denounced his faith. He fought the good spiritual fight. He retained his faith until his death. A crown is waiting for him.

Whose prisoner am I?

What do you feel about yourself? Are you a prisoner of something? What is it? Paul chose to be the prisoner of Christ Jesus. Would you like to be known as the prisoner of Christ? Think about it!

May God bless you.

Shalom πŸ•ŠοΈ

From the Bible blogger πŸ˜‡πŸ™

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6 thoughts on “Transition from persecutor to prisoner of Christ

      1. I just now did some homework. You are correct. Many are of the opinion that Saul was also was known as Paul. Saul means desired and Paul means little one. He chose to be called little one. Paul in Greek is Paulus. Thanks for pointing that error. I learnt something new today. Thanks JM. Please do some more in-depth research and post it. I am eagerly waiting for it. πŸ˜‡πŸ™

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