“For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.” Galatians 1:11-12 Paul’s reputation preceded him everywhere he went. If you think about it that would be an enormous challenge for anyone. On the one hand, as he says above, “I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.”. He was known far and wide as someone who…

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