After his conversion, Paul says that he was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea. Then he adds:
Were this passage written of the big noises in the 1800s and 1900s, and their "bold" and "daring" and "questioning" mirror images today, we would have to make some changes:
[Despisers] only were hearing it said, "He who used to persecute us is now trying to destroy the faith he once preached." And they glorified me at the expense of God. (2 Nuances 0:0-0)Leaving me only to attempt a few parting pithicisms:
- There is a reason the faith is called the faith (cf. Acts 6:7; 13:8; 14:22; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 1:23; Jude 1:3, etc.).
- There is a reason Christians — saints, the people of God — are called believers (cf. Acts 5:14; 10:45; 19:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:7; 2:10; 2:13; 1 Timothy 4:12, etc.).
- There is a reason why God the Holy Spirit often moved men to write positively of growing in the faith, progress in the faith, continuing in the faith, building up in the faith, and the like (cf. Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 1:25; Colossians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 3:13).
- There is a reason why God the Holy Spirit often moved men to write terrible warnings against denying the faith, wandering from the faith, abandoning the faith, swerving from the faith, upsetting the faith of some, being disqualified concerning the faith, and the like (1 Timothy 4:1; 5:8; 6:10, 21; 2 Timothy 2:18; 3:8; Revelation 2:13)