Paul's Conversion to Christ- Acts 9:1-20

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  1. ChristineES

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    Before he walked all over and preached the Word of God, Paul (who was still called Saul) persecuted followers of Christ. I thought I would copy the story here.

    1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
    2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
    3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
    4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?
    5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.
    6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.
    7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
    8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
    9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
    10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
    11 And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prays,
    12 And has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
    13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem:
    14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name.
    15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
    16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
    17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared to you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
    18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight immediately, and arose, and was baptized.
    19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
    20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God
     
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    ChristineES,

    Great story. Any comments about it?
     
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    I was thinking about this story while I was cooking dinner and after. What Paul did before he came to Christ was kill other followers of Christ. Jesus chose to save him, to appear to him. Jesus died so that all our sins would be forgiven, just as all Paul's sins were forgiven. Not only were his sins forgiven, God chose Paul to spread His Word to the Gentiles. I think it is a great thing.
    I also think it would be a good passage to read to a person whom you are witnessing to about how much God through Jesus forgives!!!! To let them know that no matter what they have done, they can be forgiven from their sins when they repent from them.
     
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    Awesome. Great to meditate on the Word! The story of Paul's conversion is one of the greatest stories in the Book.
     

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