It was the good pleasure of God (eudokhsen o qeo). Paul had no doubt about God's purpose in him ( 1 Thessalonians 2:8 ). Who separated me (o aporisa me). Aporizw is old word (from apo and oro) to mark off from a boundary or line. The Pharisees were the separatists who held themselves off from others. Paul conceives himself as a spiritual Pharisee "separated unto the gospel of God" ( Romans 1:1 , the same word apwrismeno). Before his birth God had his plans for him and called him.