The Conversion of Paul..

Saul… was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples… Acts 9- 1-19…. he went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus so that if he found any there who belong to the …WAY…whether men or women he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem… as he near Damascus on his journey… suddenly a light from Heaven flashed around him… he fell to the ground and Heard a Voice say to him…” Saul… Saul… why do you persecute me?”….

” Who are you, Lord?”…Saul asked…”I Am JESUS…WHOM YOU ARE PERSECUTING”…. Jesus replied…” now get up and go into the city you will be told what you must do”….

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone… Saul got up from the ground but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing… so they let him by the hand into Damascus… for three days he was blind …and not and did not eat or drink anything.

Verse 10… in Damascus there was disciple named Ananias… the Lord called to him in a vision…”ANANIAS!”… yes Lord… Saul answered… the Lord told him…” go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul… for he is praying ..in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

Paraphrasing: Ananias informed the Lord.. that he had heard many reports about this man at all the harm he has done to the Saints in Jerusalem… he has come here with authority from the chief priests… to arrest all who call on your name…

But the Lord said to Ananias…”Go!… this man is My Chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel I will show him how much he must suffer for my name…

Paraphrasing: Ananias laid hands on Saul… and his sight was restored… and also at this point Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit…

My further comments… God works in mysterious ways to show his power… in this account he took a persecutor of the Believers at that time and turned him into what would be the writer of most of the New Testament… please read the rest of Acts chapter 9… for your edification… you will find that Saul’s name was changed to Paul… what a beautiful story of how God works… God is way ahead of us… seek him and you will find him… faith… this Christianity is not a religion… it’s reality… reality without you or me…

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