Are you zealous in your religion?

Acts 7: 54 – 60 English Revised Version

“When those in the council meeting heard this, they became very angry.  They were so mad they were grinding their teeth at him.  But Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit.  He looked up into heaven and saw the glory of God.  And he saw Jesus standing at God’s right side.  Stephen said, “Look!I see heaven open.  And I see the Son of Man standing at God’s rights side.”  Everyone there started shouting loudly, covering their ears with their hands.  Together they all ran at Stephen.  They took him out of the city and began throwing stones at him.  The men who told lies against Stephen gave their coats to a young man named Saul.  As they were throwing the stones at him, Stephen was praying.  He said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”  He fell on his knees and shouted, “Lord, don’t blame them for this sin!”  These were his last words before he died.

Looking at Saul, he was very zealous in his religion and born in Tarsus.  Saul had the privilege to studying in Jerusalem with the ranking rabbi of the era.  Let's assess Sauls live here, it seems that Saul came from a well-to-do family, which must have lived comfortably with the privilege of a top-notch education thrusting him forward on a pathway of prominence.  It seems that Saul already was passionate and bold when it came to his religion and by the age of 30 he already was a Sanhedrin on his way to becoming a young Pharisees in the country.


Watching Saul’s behavior it's clear that he felt the Christians were blasphemous and had to be dealt with severely.  So then if Saul whom we know as Paul could be forgiven for all his misdeeds, would you say it is possible for us to also be forgiven?  Of course, we can be forgiven, God has sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth for our sins.

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