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? 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
Over the years I have used this outline to teach about the conversion of the Apostle Paul:
1. Saul the Terrorist (see Monday’s devotional)
2. Saul the Terrified (see Tuesday’s devotional)
3. Saul the Transformed (see Wednesday and Thursday’s devotionals)
4. Saul the Testifier (today’s devotional)
Scripture says that Saul immediately began testifying about Jesus Christ and His way of salvation. Philippians 3 tells us that the same passion that drove him to persecute the church, caused him to pursue Christ.
Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church…
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
It is important that we note that the Greek word translated as ‘persecuting’ in vs 6 is the same Greek word translated as ‘press’ in vs 14. It means to run swiftly after something in order to catch it. There was a time when Saul ran swiftly after Christians in order to destroy them. But after his conversion experience, he ran swiftly after Christ in order to know Him and to become more like Him. Whatever Saul did, he did it 110%.
I began this week’s study with these words:
“Who would you consider to be the greatest Christian you have ever known? Who would you consider to be the last person in the world be saved? What if the answer to the both of these questions was the same person? That’s the testimony of Apostle Paul.”
The Apostle Paul is a testimony of the power of Christ to change a person’s life. I pray that these studies have both inspired us to strive to be more like Paul, and to help us not give up on those who are lost, but instead to pray all the more fervently for their salvation. Who know? Perhaps you will be the one God will use to help reach His next Apostle Paul.