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The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus

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A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:8-11

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. (ESV)

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Saul of Tarsus had a dramatic encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, and he was never the same afterwards. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:8-11, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes the case that we as Christians go through a remarkably similar process in our own conversion. There is much to be learned of the Christian faith from the life and writings of the apostle Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul highlights his own conversion to show that the Gospel he preaches is the same Gospel he received. Dr. Lloyd-Jones maintains that this is the same Gospel that has transformed individuals throughout the history of the church, and continues to transform lives even today. The process we see is that God seeks out man, makes Himself known to man, and shows man the way of salvation. Our Christian conversion is completely dependent upon the power of the grace of God. By the grace of God, a Christian can say, ‘I was…but I am.’ Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges his audience to consider the conviction of sin, repentance, and rebirth. Have you been profoundly changed in these ways through the process of regeneration? Or do you proudly bear the marks of the carnal man like Saul of Tarsus once did?


Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 15:8-11, New American Standard Bible

8and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:8-11, King James Version

8And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.