DID YOU KNOW?
When relating his former life as a persecutor of the church of Christ, the Apostle Paul describes himself as “a blasphemer…persecutor…injurious” to the cause of Christ (1 Timothy 1:13). The original word translated “injurious” (KJV) or “insolent” (NKJV) is hubristes.
In English, the word hubris means “the excessive pride and ambition that usually leads to the downfall of a hero in classical tragedy.” It is interesting that Paul’s hubris as an enemy of Christ led to his downfall as a Jewish hero. He spoke boldly against Christ, and Christ triumphed. Is it any wonder that Paul said that he counted his past life as rubbish? (Philippians 3).
-Bradley S. Cobb