When he (PAUL) came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. We cannot say, but given the fact that he was soon to be blinded one would reason that he was within less than a day's journey. (An Unlikely Conversion), MacArthur explains what Paul is doing by giving the crowd these added details about those who were traveling with him to Damascus - Now, he says, “Look, if you don’t believe that this happened, you find those guys who went with me to capture those Christians, and they’ll tell you that it happened.” You see what he does? Not only was Paul a citizen; he was born free, whereas the commander had had to purchase his freedom. I once was lost, but now I’m found,  Jack P. Lewis, Historical Backgrounds of Bible History (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1972), p. 169. Woe! Came unto me, and standing by me said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. 15:52-53). And I would also remind you that my forefathers were worshipping the one true and living God, while yours were naked savages running around the woods of Britain.”. THOUGHT - J Vernon McGee has a pithy personal application commenting that Christ "may be saying the same thing to some Christians today. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. “Calling on the name of the Lord.” What does that mean? Paul's feeling, despite divine revelation to the contrary, that he could convert that gang in the temple is pitifully like the opinions of young ministers in every age. - R W De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. The Risen Christ! God invades his life, and the guy hasn’t even enacted his will, except to say, “Who are You, and what do I do?” And God is already reversing his entire life. He trusted the Lord, served the Lord, honored the Lord, and witnessed for the Lord even when he was being rejected by the Jews. That’s right, it’s true.". In this manner Paul was further "qualifying the witness," looking to the testimony of Ananias he was about to quote. (Rev 1:16+), Horton has an interesting comment on the glory of this light...from heaven - When Jesus rose from the dead, His resurrection body was transformed—it was immortal and incorruptible, as ours will be (1 Cor. As a matter of fact, it will be remembered that Pilate's residence, like that of Felix, was actually at Caesarea. And I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' In one sense Paul was identified with the men to whom he spoke; in another he was separated from them. (Philippians 3:4-9), Paul's Testimony in 1 Timothy - I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. (Acts 9:15) In Luke's third version of the Saul's Damascus Road conversion Jesus adds some detail about what Saul/Paul must do... ‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, (Acts 26:16-17+). And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, Whom thou persecutest. 9:5; Lk. 1:31). Perhaps you need a "Damascus Road Revival," so that you might realign your life priorities while you still have time! 5:17; Ezek. The prefixed ana ( “up”) would have here an intensifying function, an extra force largely lost by the New Testament period. In Lk 2:13+ of sudden appearance to the shepherds in the field of an angel and "a multitude of the heavenly host praising God." 4:40; 1 Chr. As noted in the title, to persecute the Church, the Body of Christ, is tantamount to persecuting Christ, the Head of the Body. PAUL ACKNOWLEDGES Does God save murderers? He says his Jewish training was impeccable. It would be comparable to hearing that Saddam Hussein had gotten converted and had become an evangelist to the Arabs! Because Gentiles were to be allowed to share in Israel’s privileges. A witness is one who furnishes evidence or proof, confirming the truth by verbal testimony. “Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? One might ask why did the commander accept Paul's declaration of citizenship based just on his word? KJV Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. Being zealous for God just as you all are today - He claims to be as zealous for the Law as any in the mob and will go on to prove it in following passages. About noontime ("at midday" Acts 26:13+), a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me - Why this detail about noontime? Is it lawful ...? Peter calls believers to "sanctify (aorist imperative = "Just do it!" He was pro-Jewish. It was as evil and unreasonable as all riots; and only the protection of the soldiers prevented their murder of the apostle on the spot. For the earthly or the heavenly? (Mt 7:13-14+), Comment: Jesus' words are paralleled by the psalmist's description of the two ways in Psalm 1 - "For the LORD knows THE WAY of the righteous, But THE WAY of the wicked will perish." Acts 22:1 "Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense [which I make] now unto you." He was a fraud. AND REPEATS THE REBUKE, And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus Whom you are persecuting.” (Acts 9:5+), And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus Whom you are persecuting.’” (Acts 26:15+), Comment: Only here in Paul's 3 testimonies in Acts is Jesus called "Jesus the Nazarene. He is literally saying, "I had a priceless gift for you but you would not take it; so it was offered to the Gentiles.". Under is an idiom (para tous podas) literally "beside the foot of" (or "at the feet of"). Jesus (2424)(Iesous) is transliteration of the Greek Iesous, which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Jehoshua (Yehoshua) or Jeshua (Yeshua) both of which mean Jehovah is help or Jehovah is salvation. To take something into one's hand and so to grasp (Luke 2:28, 22:17). No, you say, “Well, that’s right, then. Robertson - In every synagogue (kata tas sunagogas). The events leading up to that development are related in the next chapter. Secondly, He is convinced of one particular sin, which he was most notoriously guilty of, and had justified himself in, and thereby way is made for his conviction of all the rest. Tarsus was a respected intellectual center in that day and his motive for mentioning his city of origin may have been to indicate that he was not an intellectual dimwit. F9 Note also that whereas Ananias is spoken of as a "Christian" in Acts 9:10, here he is called "a strict and pious Jew." Jack Andrews - It is always good to go where the Lord wants us to go and do what the Lord wants us to do. Luke used speudo describing Paul "hurrying to be in Jerusalem if possible on the day of Pentecost." That would make them spiritually equal to the Jewish people before God—the most blatant heresy imaginable to the crowd." Take this example: If human beings had been inventing the New Testament, Jesus would have replied to Paul, "I am the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, dwelling in light unapproachable!" Ananias, a devout man, according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there--One would not know from this description of Ananias that he was a Christian at all, the apostles object being to hold him up as unexceptionable, even to the most rigid Jews. What part of the city do you live in? In sum, women are not told to "shut up and be quiet" in church services in 1 Tim 2:11f. 38:11. We know that it happened at about noon (Acts 22:6). Can water wash away sin? The first thing in this new creation, as in that of the world, is light, 2 Corinthians 4:6+ ("For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."). Notice that again he justifies their actions against him, for they were simply seeking to do the very thing to him that he had done to Christians ("The Way").
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