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All good stories end with the bad guy getting what he deserves. Jesus tells a story about a crook, but this one has a twist.

Friday, I posted on Tony Alicea’s Blog. The article was showing how through adoption, our story is no longer our identity. If you missed it, go have a look HERE

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells a parable about the Pharisee and the hated tax collector. He is going to get to the root of people’s identity.

A tax collector was known as a crook. He would never be the guy you would hope your daughter would marry. They were known to be corrupt, unjust, and the worst of sinners. Think of all the modern day stereotypes, and this was the bad guy.

A Pharisee was the holy man. They took the 10 Commandments and enlarged them to 614 rules to show just how serious they were. They were respected and admired in society.

(If you are coming to this feature on for the first time, it might be helpful to start with the first posts in the study of Galatians. Links are found at the bottom to all other articles in this series.)

Paul’s conversion was a radical one. It has the stuff of a best seller.

Galatians 1:11-24  (Click here to read the passage)

Jesus knocked him off his horse, blinded him, and radically changed his life (Acts 9:1-19). Paul was on his way to persecute believers when God stepped into his path (Acts 7:58 and following). It was such a radical change that everywhere he went, people announced him as the former persecutor who s now preaching the message he tried to destroy(23).


But the biggest transformation was moving from a system of works to one of grace.