A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
The conversion of Saul, although miraculous and spontaneous in it’s purpose is no different from mine own, in that I was touched by the Holy Spirit when I was 12 yrs. old and felt the love of Jesus and wanted to be a Christian. I stumbled along the way; my conversion took some time (I think, I grew into it) and because of this I missed out on a lot of blessing’s the Lord had for me had I been obedient. I’m reminded of the story of a person after death standing before Jesus and being welcomed and shown a room full of beautifully wrapped gifts of all shapes and sizes. And the person asked “What are these?” And Jesus replied “These are the blessings I could not give you because of your disobedience.” Or something like that. Anyway, I’m glad he didn’t leave me, in spite of myself and I will be grateful for a small corner in the back of Heaven or wherever Jesus is for eternity, than anywhere else. Praise God!
“Saul In Damascus and Jerusalem”, Acts 9:20) And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21) But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this Name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? Galatians 1:13. 22) But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. Acts 18:28. 23) And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: Acts 23:12. 24) But their laying await was known of Saul, And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 25) Then the Disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. Joshua 2:15. 26) And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the Disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a Disciple. Galatians 1:17. 27) But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the Apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28) And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 29) And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 30) Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. 31) Then had the Churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified (built up in promoting the Holy Spirit); and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. Psalms 119:165. Amen.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v21-31, When we enter into the Way of God, we must look for trials; but the Lord knows how to deliver the godly, and will, with temptation, also make a way to escape. Though Saul’s conversion was and is a proof of the Truth of Christianity, yet it could not, of itself, convert one soul at enmity (against) with the truth; for nothing can produce true faith, but that power, Holy Spirit, which creates a new heart. The Lord will clear up the characters of true believers; and he will bring them to His people, and often gives them opportunities of bearing testimony to His Truth, before those who once witnessed their hatred to it. Christ now appeared to Saul, and ordered him to go quickly out of Jerusalem, for he must be sent to the Gentiles (Non-Jews). (22:21). Christ’s witnesses cannot be slain till they have finished their testimony. The persecutions were stayed. The professors of the Gospel walked uprightly, and enjoyed much comfort from the Holy Ghost, in the hope and peace of the Gospel, and others were won over. *No doubt the conversion of Saul, who persecuted the church, also helped to bring about this peace.
* This person’s view.
More to come and God Bless You.