By Greg Laurie
“Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.”
If anyone could boast of a spiritual pedigree, it would have been Paul the apostle, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus. He was named after Saul, the first king of Israel. He also was a member of the Sanhedrin, which was like a Jewish supreme court that ruled over the people in religious and civic matters.
A very disciplined and religious man, Saul was a Pharisee who tried to keep the law to the best of his ability. He felt he was doing God a service by hunting down, arresting, and, in some cases, executing followers of Jesus.
But then he met Jesus and everything changed. Looking back on his old his life he said, “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8 NLT).