“persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.” – 2 Tim. 3:11Paul didn’t say he evaded persecution. They still happened. Paul didn’t say he endured affliction because of anything he did. He endured them because Jesus delivered him.
Jesus rescued him.
Jesus snatched him out of danger and destruction.
Jesus drew Paul to Himself.