As Saul, Paul hunted down many Christians, killing (and imprisoning) them and their families. And although an assumption should never be made (lest for discernment’s sake) about someone’s salvation, people that choose to accept martyrdom over renouncing their Christian faith, more often than not, harbor a deep Love for Jesus that is soon found face-to-face as their Earthly death is met by a quick Heavenly awakening. So, although God did not commission any in way Paul’s handiwork as Saul the slayer, Saul still managed to create a resume that was specifically saturated in people’s final resting places. I bet he never consider slaying and hunting God’s people as still-to-be altered practice for the ministry.
As Paul, the writer of most the N.T., we read about a man who chronicles stories of Holy Swagger and Humility. Paul was a who was a successful murderer- turned-disciple, who did everything from get shipwrecked, beaten down, preach, flee the authorities, get beat down again, intercede, intervene, challenge Peter and co., write/publish letters…just to mention a few of his ministry happenings.
Paul was the man, for lack of a more descriptive sentence. I hear his heart as he pleads with and perseveres through his old self…often times describing himself more a Civil War than a man. He rejoiced in his weaknesses, for when they were brought into light, Christ’s power was made perfect through Him. And yes, even a crazy-Love follower of King Jesus, he helped usher people into Heaven though the leading, teaching and confrontations of the Holy Spirit.
So you see…although the two selves were entirely opposed to one another, Paul and Saul, both dealt with people’s eternities…and somehow, God managed to create Heavenly meet and greets from the handiwork of a man who, depending on when you knew him, sought to save or steal life from others.