The apostle Paul hated Jesus and persecuted His followers.
But a personal encounter and spiritual union with Christ changed him.
He became a new person.
The old order of sin, death, and selfishness was gone.
A new beginning, a new covenant, a new perspective and way of living had come.
Following Jesus is not turning over a new leaf.
It is beginning a new life under a new Master.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
Old things have passed away;
Behold, all things have become new.
—2 Corinthians 5:17