Saul of Tarsus (Paul) underwent a transformation of his biased view toward everyone outside of his faith group. As a zealous enforcer of Israel’s religion, he divided everyone into ‘us and them’. 

This all changed when he encountered Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 5:
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Paul described his previous bias as a ‘worldly point of view’. There was an old way of viewing people. In fact, Christ was viewed from that vantage point. Christ was just another man, a religious figure that had no life altering reality. The old way of viewing people had a different set of criteria. 

The worldly view was to see people for their position or power. We judged by the things they possessed and the values they held. We gave approval or disdain according to the flesh. People could be viewed as obstacles, as necessities or objects of selfish desire.

Paul says that a person who has landed in Christ’s Kingdom lets go of the old way of looking at people. The Jesus People have a new outlook on humanity. They have seen the human landscape from God’s higher view.

We must let go of the old way of viewing people and begin to live in the reality of what God sees in humanity. How do we rise above the ways we have previously understood the world? It is in making Jesus our rabbi that we develop new understandings.