You have heard about my past life in the Jewish religion. I attacked the church of God and tried to destroy it.
I was becoming a leader in the Jewish religion, doing better than most other Jews of my age. I tried harder than anyone else to follow the teachings handed down by our ancestors.
But God had special plans for me and set me apart for his work even before I was born. He called me through his grace
and showed his son to me so that I might tell the Good News about him to those who are not Jewish. When God called me, I did not get advice or help from any person.
I did not go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. But, without waiting, I went away to Arabia and later went back to Damascus.