From Saul to Paul – Acts 9

Lately, I’ve been walking through the book of Acts.  Acts is one of my favorite books of the Bible, as its when you begin to see the work of the New Testament church.  To read of those filled with the Holy Spirit, doing miraculous signs….I mean, how crazy would it have been to be a part of their meetings in Jerusalem.  I can’t help but get excited about what a group of sold out believers can accomplish when they work together, pray together, and speak boldly of God’s message.

A chapter the sticks out to me, and I’m sure to most who read Acts in the transformation of Saul to Paul.  In Chapter 9, you have a man (Saul) who is persecuting Christians.  I mean, this guy has a flat out hatred for the work the church is doing.  But what you see in this chapter is the change of a man that only the work of something supernatural can do.  Jesus appears to Saul in a sudden light from heaven.  Saul falls to the ground, and Jesus says “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  Jesus reveals who He is, but then Saul becomes blind.  Later in the chapter, we find Saul in Damascus.  While in Damascus, the disciple Ananias makes his way to Saul and lays his hands on him saying “Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.

As Saul realizes how real and true message of Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit really is, he knows its time to change his ways.  He eventually gains the trust of the other disciples, and begins to preach Christ’s message with them.  Later in chapter 13, we see that Saul’s name is then changed to Paul.

My favorite part about Paul’s transformation story is when you consider two things: 1) who Paul was when he persecuted and killed Christians and 2) who Paul was when he himself was killed for being a Christian.  What a testament to the grace and mercy of our God!  I mean, this guys went from practically spitting in God’s face, to writing half of the New Testament!

As you read this story of Paul, know that God’s grace covers everything that we’ve ever done.  The change in Paul started in his heart, and then it permeated into his actions for the rest of his life.  It’s not to late to receive God’s grace!  Know that God’s love knows no bounds, and that He desires a relationship with you today!

May the Lord bless you, and seek Christ with all your heart!

In Christ,

Pastor Russ