In 1 Timothy 1:13 Paul states, "…even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor, yet I was shown mercy, for unknowingly I acted in unbelief."

Paul's statement is not only interesting, it is very insightful. Paul is saying that his acts as a blasphemer and persecutor and violent aggressor were caused by acts of ignorance which in turn were caused by a lack of faith.

Paul is not saying he was ignorant in the normal sense of that term. After all he states that he was a "Pharisee of Pharisees" who studied under Gamaliel.  And Gamaliel holds a reputation in the Mishnah for being one of the greatest teachers in all the annals of Judaism. Paul was not ignorant, to the contrary, he was a very learned man.

What Paul is saying is his knowledge and wisdom were not informed by faith, so although he was learned, his lack of faith caused him to use this knowledge in a wrong way that resulted in hurt and destruction. However, now that he believes, his faith informs him, which in turn allows him to see the world differently, and this in turn causes him to act differently.

Paul's faith not only allows him to see things he could not see without it, but this faith allows him to connect the dots of data he already has in a way that he could not when he operated without faith. As a result data that was previously used to do harm and to justify all sorts of evil is now used to give life — it is redirected into life and hope and love.

This type of faith breathes forth life and healing, where before there was death and destruction. This type of faith only comes by the Spirit of God.

© 2012, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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One Response to Ignorance of Unbelief

  1. Rufus Hooley says:

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