There is much we can learn from the  life of the Apostle Paul. Far from ordinary, Paul was given the opportunity to  do extraordinary things for the kingdom of God. The story of Paul is a story of  redemption in Jesus Christ and a testimony that no one is beyond the saving  grace of the Lord. However, to gain the full measure of the man, we must examine  his dark side and what he symbolized before becoming “the Apostle of Grace.”  Paul’s early life was marked by religious zeal, brutal violence, and the  relentless persecution of the early church. Fortunately, the later years of  Paul’s life show a marked difference as he lived his life for Christ and the  advancement of His kingdom.