Let’s notice an additional theme in this first chapter.
A fifth major theme that comes up in chapter one is God’s interrupting grace! As the Apostle Paul reflects on his life of persecuting Christians (vv. 13-24), he uses strong language like “my previous way of life in Judaism,” “how intensely I persecuted the church of God,” and “tried to destroy it.” (v. 13). He had made great progress in Judaism, surpassing many of his age group. His zeal for the traditions of his fathers knew no bounds (v. 14).
Then God interrupted his life with His grace! Set apart from his mother’s womb, Saul responded to God’s call and God was pleased “to reveal his Son in me” (v. 16). How does God reveal His Son in you? It’s a great question to think about!