Ah, but then he was cast down on the Damascus road and became wondrously, gloriously saved.<quoted text>
So said Paul the admitted murderer, liar, thief and fraud who never met Jesus and called those who did know Jesus liars.
Jesus spoke audibly to him at that moment.
Paul was beaten, thrice shipwrecked, persecuted. He was one of the foremost Jewish scholars in history. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees and came closest of anyone to complying with the Jewish law. Yet that could not save him. Only the blood could save him.