Before Paul’s conversion, he had a bad reputation amongst the early Christians. This reputation continued after his conversion, even though he displayed a changed life.
After Paul finished speaking in Acts 9:20-21, the people could only talk about who he used to be, and what he used to do.
“Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?"
Paul quickly realized that, who he had become was lost in the eyes of believers. Because of this, Paul spent a lot of time early in his ministry proving that he was not who he used to be.
Isn't it a wonder that no matter how God picks you up and turns you around, cleans you up and presents you as a new creature in Him, there are those who will try to define you by who you used to be. Their assumptions about you are influenced by what you used to do. Who you were then, rather than what you are today.
Like Paul, the life we now live should scream, Get to know me again!
Jesus + resurrection = redemption
As believers, we should take heed to what Paul says:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Let's give that new creature a chance to develop and live. Lets give them the benefit of the doubt when they say, "I’m not who I used to be!"Like Paul, the life we now live should scream, Get to know me again!— F. L. Anderson (@iTEACHMinistry) April 1, 2015