Paul’s transformation from a persecutor of Christians to him becoming one of the most influential people of the Christian Faith started with him encountering Jesus (see Acts Chapter 9). Once Paul understood the truth about Jesus, God used Paul to write a great deal of the New Testament (the part of the Bible that explains how to live as a follower of Jesus). His sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ helped large numbers of people to have their lives transformed and ultimately helped change the course of history.
Transformation in the Bible means to accept that Jesus died for our sins and to celebrate that He was raised to life to be our Lord and Saviour. As a result, we understand God as our loving Heavenly Father. With the help of the Holy Spirit we aim to live a life that reflects God’s love for us to others. See https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-transformation.html for more detail.
In one of his letters to the Christians in Corinth in Greece, Paul explained the truth about Jesus and how there were many witnesses that saw Jesus had risen from the grave.
Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. [from 1 Corinthians 15].
The evidence for the resurrection is strong and reliable.
- The tomb in which Jesus was buried was discovered empty by a group of women on the Sunday following the crucifixion.
- Jesus’ disciples had real experiences with one whom they believed was the risen Christ.
- As a result of the preaching of these disciples, which had the resurrection at its centre, the Christian church was established and grew. [see https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/historical-evidence-for-the-resurrection for more detail.]
While I was in Greece, I visited Old Corinth and walked the same streets as Paul. While he was there, he had preached the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many lives were transformed as a result of them hearing the truth about Jesus. Today the truth about Jesus continues to transform the lives of those who hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Thousands of people around the world come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour each week. Christianity remains the single fastest growing faith in the world. I pray that we all continue to be open to the transformation that God desires to see in us as we grow in His love and purpose.
The students have been learning the truth about Easter in the lead up to the end of Term in their weekly Christian study lessons. Please join us, if you are able, for our Easter Chapel celebration.
Head of College
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