1 Corinthians 15:1-9 (NLT)
1 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. 2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you�unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. 3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. 9 For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I�m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God�s church.
The Apostle Paul states the Good News, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ died for our sins. Christ was buried. On the third day Christ rose from the dead defeating death all in accordance with God�s plan. There were witnesses who could testify Christ lived after death. Even Paul says he saw Christ, although he did not consider himself worthy to do so after killing those who were following the Gospel of Christ.
Can a person change, absolutely! As a young man Paul stood and watched the stoning of Stephen for testifying about Christ. The book of Acts says, �They rushed at him (Stephen) and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul (later named Paul).�Paul continued to persecute Christians believing they were acting against the law of God. But then he met Jesus and his life was changed. Paul finally understood the purpose of the law and how it showed man�s need for Jesus. Paul�s heart changed to one of compassion and he began to reach out to those he had persecuted and he also taught others about Christ. Never give up on the belief God can change a person. Pray for those who need Christ that their hearts might be changed and their life transformed into one that pleases God.