In contrast to some false teachers, who were saying that only good people find favour with God, the Apostle Paul admits that he had lived an evil life, even though he was a theological lecturer. Although Christ appointed him to be an Apostle, it was not because he was a good man. He had not obeyed the law and he had not honoured Jesus. Indeed, he had blasphemed God by denigrating Jesus, and he had violently persecuted the church. Nevertheless, Paul was given strength to believe and work for Jesus.