There’s so much meat in the book of Hebrews for the new Christian, but lots of side dishes for the old one too. Paul was a man dedicated to persecuting Christians. He was determined to nip this heresy in the bud. He witnessed the stoning of many and stood idly by as they took their last, dying breath.
When Paul was called by God to spread the Gospel, God knew this zealous man was just the right one to accomplish His work. Paul was well schooled in the covenant God had established long ago with Abraham. He knew the traditions – the works righteousness – the empty sacrifices, but God had a different plan for this enemy of His Son.
Paul had a strong will. He thought he was doing the right things and yet his love for God was driven by his own interests. He’d grown up believing that if he followed the Old Testament laws and did everything according to the Commandments, he’d be fine.
We sometimes think that way as Christians. We go through life believing if we follow God’s rules and do good to others, that’s all we need – but we aren’t really allowing God to do His work through us.
God uses us as His instrument for spreading the Gospel. Putting Him at the forefront of our witnessing, gives us the confidence we need to do the job. Through Him we are assured of forgiveness. Through Him we have freedom from the old law, because He has paid the ultimate price. Through Him we have victory over death. This is not only good news for God’s people – it’s great news for a world crying for hope. Our zeal for this amazing gift should never die.