Our Past Is A Weapon Of Grace
For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. — Galatians 1:13-14
So in this little excerpt, Paul will establish himself with the people in Galatia as a legalist. That if anyone could have been the Chief Executive Officer of the party of legalism, he could have. And he describes what it resulted in — persecution, violence, and destruction. And then he adds that he excelled at it. He was the youngest protege of legalism. And his point is twofold: first, that he knows the effects of legalism, and second, that he has the right to speak against it.
Sometimes in life, we have painful experiences that teach us about evil and corruption. And usually, through these hard-learned lessons, we discover how evil and corrupt we are. But when we discover salvation in Christ, we find the freedom from sin that comes through his grace. And his grace is so good we never want to go back to our sinful ways. So when we see others about to walk into the same traps, we feel compelled to speak up because we know the destructiveness of these events.
Fellas, I want to compel you to speak up for others in those places where you have been educated firsthand about sin. If you have been self-absorbed, then speak up about the evils of pride. If you have pursued wealth and accomplishments, speak up about materialism. If you have been addicted, speak up against bondage to sin. If you have committed sexual sin, speak up about impurity. Use your knowledge, experiences, and battles with past sin against our present enemy, the Devil. His grace, and your story, is a weapon for good so that others will know the living God. That's what Paul did. And because of it, people came to Christ, and the lost were saved.
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