For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism: I persecuted God's church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it;
and I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors.
But when God, who from my mother's womb set me aparta and called me by His grace, was pleased
to reveal His Son in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.b17
I did not go up to Jerusalem to those who had become apostles before me; instead I went to Arabia and came back to Damascus.
Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas,c and I stayed with him 15 days.
But I didn't see any of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother.
Now in what I write to you, I'm not lying. God is my witness.d21
Afterwards, I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
I remained personally unknown to the Judean churches in Christ;
they simply kept hearing: "He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy."