“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners… 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,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’ “
Acts 9:1-6, NIV
The life and ministry of the apostle Paul is a marvelous indication of a changed life. When Paul was Saul of Tarsus, he was a Jewish soldier. He was the son of a Pharisee and zealous of Pharisaical ideas and undertook a radical persecution of the early church. Theologian Charles Hodges wrote that Paul was “a thoroughly educated man.”
His education did not bring him to Christ. His conversion on the Damascus Road clearly teaches that Paul had something powerful happen in his life. That experienced change Paul forever.
First of all Paul is convinced of Christianity and the factualness of the resurrection. Bible teacher, J. Gresham Machon, wrote, “the religion of Paul was rooted in an event . . . the event was the redemptive work of Christ in his death and resurrection.”
Paul was conquered by and genuinely fell in love with Christ. Paul had an incredible Jewish religious background. His writings, religion and education were of the highest caliber. Yet, when he accepted Christ, he made it clear he was a servant of Jesus Christ. His New Testament writings were all about Christ. In the most theological book of the New Testament, Romans, Paul mentions Jesus by name, pronoun, title or descriptive phrase eight times in the first seven verses.
Not only was Paul convinced of Christianity and conquered by Jesus Christ he was also captivated by the living Lord. He positively and dogmatically lived for Christ. His life made a difference.
QUESTION: Is Jesus Christ at the forefront of what you do? Do you speak of him in everyday conversation?