1. Galatians 1:24 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why did the churches of Judea praise God because of Paul?

Galatians 1:24 (ESV)

24 And they glorified God because of me.

The churches in Judea praise God for his grace and power, his grace in the sense that he has shown mercy to the chief persecutor of the church (at that time) and through Paul’s preaching, also to the converted Gentiles.1 They praise God for his power because he has radically changed the life of someone who was opposed to him and is now using that person (Paul) to advance the purposes of his kingdom.