A Religious Man Being Converted to Christ
INTRODUCTION: Christianity has never had a more dangerous enemy then Saul of Tarsus, or a more dedicated friend than Paul the Apostle; both are the same man. Many believe that Paul is the most important human being who ever lived. He is definitely a man who proved that one can make a difference.
He led the church into a worldwide movement, formatted its theology, and shaped its destiny. Without Paul, or someone like him, the infant church would not have grown into the spiritual and intellectual maturity which changed the course of history. And the only explanation of the dynamic of his leadership and the immensity of his gifts was that he was a man in Christ.
The first half of the Acts of the Holy Spirit is focused on the birth of the church. The second half is occupied by its expansion to the reaches of the then known world.
The most crucial event of history, for which Jesus Christ lived, died, was resurrected, and glorified, was His infilling of a new humanity, the Body of Christ. The second most strategic event was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. And the profound secret of his watershed life was that Christ lived in him.
W.W. Wiersebe, ‘‘Perhaps the greatest event in church history, after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, the leading persecutor of the Christians.’’
The next greatest event would be the conversion of the Gentiles (Acts 10), and Saul (Paul) would become the apostle to the Gentiles. God was continuing to work out His plan to bring the Gospel to the whole world.
‘‘Paul was a great man,’’ said Charles Spurgeon, ‘‘and I have not doubt that on the way to Damascus he rode a very high horse. But a few seconds sufficed to alter the man. How soon God brought him down!’’
The account of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus is given three times in Acts: Chapters 9, 22 and 26. We see him meeting Christ and the change Christ br ...
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