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Acts 9: The Conversion of Saul
by From the Pastor's Desk on February 9th, 2013

The Conversion of Saul

Acts 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 
God always knows what He is doing. He is the one and only Eternal One, but He deals with mankind by the means of appointed times. There are things that He has in store for all of us. When is the turning point coming in our walk with God? When is the point of no return in our faith? It is different for everyone, but when the appointed time comes please listen to God’s compelling word. God apparently has a sense of humor as well. Imagine the irony of God using an enemy of the Church to further His Kingdom on earth.

Saul’s appointed time came when he was on his way to do what he thought was the will of God at the time. He was on the way to Damascus to persecute what he thought was a Jewish sect that was speaking blasphemy. They were speaking of a man as if He were God. He felt it was his duty as a devout Jew, a Pharisee, that he assist in putting a stop to this. This plan was cut short when the man who is God manifested in flesh, Jesus Christ King of kings and Lord of lords, arrested Saul (in public) on the road to Damascus. Jesus appears in His glory and Saul is knocked to the ground. As it was with Saul, so it is for many people: we that are high and mighty in their own minds before knowing Jesus humbled and made low. 

This was a humbling experience for Saul. He is arrested and interrogated by Jesus. “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?” Saul never answered Christ’s question. He was so struck by what was happening to him, I am not sure he was able to. At our appointed time when God questions us, will we have an answer? Although he could not answer with his words, he answered with his life. He gave his life to Jesus Christ from that day until his last day. For us, this is the best answer: giving our lives.

He was forever changed from that day. He was on the way to put Christians in prison and now he goes to Damascus and is a Christian. He is now preaching the message of Christ. What a compelling conversion! He is now proving to the city that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He is literally giving up his position of respect among his own Jewish community. This put his life in danger. The people of Damascus wanted to kill him for this. They saw it as apostasy and betrayal. But the willingness to accept the cross of Christ in the face of personal harm is the release of the power of the resurrection in his life. However, the Lord Jesus had a plan for his life and it was not time for him to die. He had to escape the city secretly.

The mere fact that Saul was feared by the church even after his conversion tells just how much of an intimidating figure he was. Now that Saul has undergone transformation, he has a new identity. It will not be in vain. Even more than Stephen, Saul will forever become an inspiring figure that will show us a life that is committed to the cross and has the power of Christ resident in his life. What a faith. What a ministry. God will literally use him to turn the world upside down.


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