Paul's conversion did not make a morally good man out of a morally bad man; he had not been a morally bad man. . . . its primary effect was in his understanding of God and of his own relation with God. . . . Negatively, Jesus was the end of the Law as the means by which man might be related to God; positively, he was the beginning of the realization of the eschatological hope of Israel.
--C. K. Barrett, Paul: An Introduction to His Thought (WJKP 1994), 11