Becoming a New Creation in Christ – Lessons from Paul


We know of Saul’s (Paul’s) conversion on the Road to Damascus. He had recently led the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr. He was on his way to Damascus to oversee the imprisonment and execution of new Christians.

Yet, in his letters, Paul shows no remorse, is not apologetic for his actions against Christians before his conversion.

Paul does speak to his prior life as a persecutor of Christians in Galatians:

13For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. (Galatians 1:13-14)

Why no apology or show of remorse?

Paul simply viewed his prior life as irrelevant!

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians:

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new…

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