True Ministers of the Gospel Have Holy Scars

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No human being who walked this earth had a more powerful ministry than Paul. Yet Paul did not strut or boast when speaking of his ministry or addressing his critics.

To the contrary, he pointed to his scars, writing,

“From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus” (Galatians 6:17). 

Paul was speaking of the literal scars he carried on his body, the scars of being beaten and whipped and stoned for the gospel. As his Lord, Jesus was scarred, so also was he scarred. He bore on his body the very “marks of Jesus.”

But it is not just physical scars Paul bore. He also carried the spiritual scars that came along with his walk with the Lord. That’s because, as a servant of the Lord, he was identified with Jesus in both His life and His death. 

Yet this spiritual identification was not just for Paul. It is for all true servants of the Lord....

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