“But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.” Galatians 1:15-17 NLT
Paul recognized that God had a call on his life before he was ever born. The prophet Jeremiah said the same thing: ““I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”” Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
Physical, natural life does begin at conception. However, life goes far beyond the physical and natural. Life is also spiritual. God is the author of life! Life begins in Him! In reality, life begins before conception because it begins in God! He is the source of life. You cannot assault life without assaulting God. This is why we should be pro-life, not pro-abortion. God is the one who gives a child life. Abortion is murder!
There is "Good News" however. Because of God's grace, you can be forgiven if you have had an abortion. He loves you and wants you to know what life really is. It is knowing Him!
God had a purpose and plan for Paul. His purpose for Paul was to share the gospel ("Good News") of His grace to the world. Grace is simply receiving what we don't deserve: righteous standing with God through Christ Jesus. Mercy is God withholding what we do deserve: eternal wrath and separation from him in hell.
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Indeed, Paul had experienced God's grace when He encountered Jesus. We, too, experience God's grace when we encounter Jesus. By faith in Jesus, we have access to this grace. Paul had been given a specific call on his life to carry the gospel of God's grace, through Jesus, to the world. Without the Pauline epistles (the letters of Paul) in the New Testament, we would be sorely absent of any understanding of this message of grace through Jesus. I don't know about you, but I'm about to shout right now. I have been a recipient of God's grace through Jesus. I am at peace with God and I have my eternal reservation made. No wonder John Newton, the former slave runner transformed into a pastor by God's grace, could write these words: "Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see!"
I don't know about you but I'm having a Holy Ghost moment right now. Hallelujah!!!!!!!
Do you realize what Jesus has accomplished for us? The sheer reality of Christ's victory is mind boggling, indescribable.
"Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that is greater than all my sin!"
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, open my eyes to how marvelous Your grace is. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me share this message of grace to the world.
Rev. Curtis Norris