Our book will introduce you to a troubled man who came to Jesus by night. His name: Nicodemus. After years of trying, it became evident that he could not render perfect obedience. It was as if he reached out to Jesus saying, “I'm stuck in my ways and traditions. I still harbor sin in my heart. It would be easier for me to re-enter my mother's womb a second time than for me to genuinely change.”
The world shares this reality and tries to salve its wounds, too often, in very destructive ways. The Rolling Stones recorded (1997) a song entitled Saint of Me. The heartache in it is palpable.
Saint Paul the persecutor
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Was a cruel and sinful man
Jesus hit him with a blinding light
Then his life began
And could you stand the torture
And could you stand the pain
Could you put your faith in Jesus
When you're burning in the flames
And I do believe in miracles
And I want to save my soul
And I know that I'm a sinner
I'm gonna die here in the cold
I said yes, I said yeah
I said yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah;
You'll never make a saint of me.
Where does the power to change come from? This question — made plain by Nicodemus and lamented by the Stones — has but one answer and this book provides it. We believe that God will one day abolish the hopelessness and despair these words portray. After accomplishing this, God will prove that He is more than fair to every person. The Gospel, with its message of grace and peace, will finally be seen for what it is: God's ultimate right to restore all mankind. We give you, the reader, solid reasons for believing all of these assertions.