even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;
But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.
“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.
But the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from among his people.
“I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘You are my God!’”
And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
But Jesus was saying, “ Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
And Jesus said, “ For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”
Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,
But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem;
I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons,
“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,
Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.
For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it;
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.
Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.