Who had set me apart
Before I was born,
Through his grace.”
Ὅτε δὲ εὐδόκησεν ὁ ἀφορίσας με ἐκ κοιλίας μητρός μου καὶ καλέσας διὰ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ
Paul said, “But God, who had set me apart (Ὅτε δὲ εὐδόκησεν ὁ ἀφορίσας με) before I was born or literally from the womb of my mother (ἐκ κοιλίας μητρός μου), called me (καὶ καλέσας) through his grace (διὰ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ).” Paul indicated that God had other plans for him. Rather than be a zealous Jew persecuting the followers of Jesus Christ, God was pleased to set Saul or Paul apart even while he was in the womb of his mother, before he was born. However, it took a while for Paul to understand his true calling. He was called by the grace of God on his way to Damascus, as outlined in Acts, chapters 9, 22, and 26. Paul was speaking in terms like the prophet Isaiah, 49:1, “Yahweh called me before I was born. While I was in my mother’s womb, he named me.” In this second chant of the servant of Yahweh, Second Isaiah has this servant speak about how he was called to be a prophet while still in the womb. The prophet Jeremiah, chapter 1:5, also said, Now the word of Yahweh came to me saying. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I consecrated you. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” The word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah. Yahweh told him that he was predestined to be a prophet before he was even formed in the womb. Yahweh knew him already. Before he was born, he was consecrated as a prophet. Yahweh had appointed him to be a prophet for all the nations. Paul saw himself within this prophetic Hebrew tradition, much like Isaiah and Jeremiah. Do you feel that you are called to be a Christian?