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Paul The Convert
The apostle Paul became one of the greatest servants of Christ that ever lived. But prior to his conversion, Paul was filled with hate toward Christians:
"1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 1:14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus." (Galatians 1:13-17 KJV)
"Receive not the grace of God in vain"
"6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV) refers to the time of judgment, "now," for those who will be in the first resurrection, at the time of Christ's return (see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"6:1 We then, as workers together with him [see The Lord of The Harvest], beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain [see Grace Into Licentiousness]. 6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 KJV)
Before his conversion On The Road To Damascus, Saul, later known as the apostle Paul, brought many persecutions and hardships on the people of Christ (as he admitted, as quoted in the verses above), but thereafter justly experienced the troubles with them, in service to The Lord (see Christianos to understand what "Christian" actually means).
"6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the Ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by The Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Until The Cure For The Carnal Mind, the Holy Spirit, has come into the mind, no one can be a true Christian - hence Paul's warning to not be "yoked together with unbelievers." Everyone will eventually have their eyes opened (see When Their Eyes Were Opened), but until then, they will only corrupt and deviate the lives, and the purpose of the lives, of those whose time has come.
"6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God [see Spiritual Conception]; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
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