1 tim 1: 12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. The word pattern is the greek word: hypotypōsis an outline, sketch, brief and summary exposition 2) an example, pattern a) for an example of those who should hereafter believe Basically, God has Paul's conversion on record as an example of how He saves sinners, even from their unbelief, because unbelief in nothing more than ignorance of which all the elect are by nature, before new birth: eph 4: 18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: These are traits and symptoms of all mankind in relation to the True God.. Yes, Paul was like that even as a devout jew..and so are all who belong to the church of God to which Christ came to seek and to save...all may not be as religious as Paul was, but all are as blind, without understanding, and ignorant.. But God shows us by Paul, how He saves sinners.. There are things we learn from Paul's example, that are applicable to each child of Grace who shall believe on Him [ Jesus Christ] unto everlasting salvation..or life everlasting.. Let us look at gal 1: 15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: What is said here by Paul and about his conversion, can equally be said about all believers in Christ, though of course all are not apostles, yet all are equally of the same body with the same head, Jesus Christ.. All believers to be are as Paul was : who separated me from my mother's womb Yes, all believers in Christ, true believers that is, were separated by God from their mothers womb.. The word separated means: to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate in a good sense: to appoint, set apart for some purpose Yes, all who are called according to Gods purpose rom 8:28 are even from the womb, protected and guarded by a providence of God, and a Angel because they are heirs of salvation see heb 1:14.. Notice the definition says, to mark off from others, thats because, even they are just as sinful as others, they have been chosen for a holy purpose, a purpose of mercy, vessel of mercy apart from others.. God says mal 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. They are spared their due destruction for their evil ways by nature..because they are God's heritage.. also look at : Mich 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. Paul as well as all the members of Jesus Christ body belong to the remnant of His Heritage, the election of grace.. So thats one point that all believers, past, present, and future have in common with Paul, that from their mothers womb they had been separated by God..and under a all encompassing protective providence that ensures they will be alive to be Called by His Grace..