Converted     Acts 9:3-9,15-20 HCSB     May 08, 2016

Introduction

Can you imagine being alive in New Testament time and knowing about Paul and then hearing he got saved?  What a difference Christ made in his life.  You know some Christians in that day had difficulty believing the news because Paul had been such an example on the other side.  He was really Converted.    

 

1.    Paul Converted While . . Traveling the Road to Damascus.   9:3-6

A.   Traveling on the Road to Damascus As the Lord . . Spoke to Paul.   9:3-5

3 As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

5a "Who are You, Lord?" he said. . . .”

 

B.    Confrontation on the Road to Damascus As the Lord . . Shared with Paul.   9:5b-6

5b   ". . . I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied.”

6 "But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

 

The conversion of Paul certainly is an example for all of us as a lesson of the power of God to change a life.  The Lord choose to speak to Paul as he was traveling the road to Damascus.  Paul was startled by the speaker

but seemed to know it was God as he asked, “Who are You, Lord?"  The blinding light certainly had to also make Paul think this sound was from God.  The voice from heaven replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,".  Paul was stunned but willing to do everything he was told to do.  You know most of the time new Christian are willing to respond to what the Lord tells them to do.  How about you and me?

 

2.    Paul Converted but . . Temporary Blinded.   9:7-9

A.   Temporarily Blinded . . Paul was Led to Damascus.   9:7-8

7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.

8 Then Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him

by the hand and led him into Damascus.

 

B.    Temporarily Blinded . . Paul was Blind for Three Days.   9:9

9 He was unable to see for three days, and did not eat or drink.

 

The light on the road to Damascus blinded Paul for three days.  The effect of all that was happening to him caused him also not to eat or drink for these days.  His salvation experience really affected his entire continence.

Very few if any people have a conversion experience like Paul’s.  Of course the ingredients from God are very similar but few begin coming from a lifestyle like Paul.  Have you witnessed a person coming to Christ from a

very different lifestyle?   Most of us have but it is still unusual.  Everyone of us need to be reminded that Biblical conversion can be received from every one regardless of their lifestyle.   I heard a story of a preacher

shaping his evening message to hit hard on the life of a sinful man who had lingerer in his office as he confessed

his sinful lifestyle.  He promised to be back that night.  When the pastor gave the invitation his 9 year old son came forward saying daddy you sure were talking to me tonight.

 

3.    Converted and God . . Transacted with Ananias and Paul.   9:15-20

A.   God Transaction with . . Ananias.   9:15-17

15 But the Lord said to him, "Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles,

kings, and the sons of Israel.

16 I will certainly show him how much he must suffer for My name!"

17 So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the

Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so you may regain your sight

and be filled with the Holy Spirit."


B.    God Transaction with . . Paul.   9:18-20

18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was

baptized.

19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.  Saul was with the disciples in Damascus for some

days.

20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: "He is the Son of God."  HCSB

 

As we look back to verse 13 and 14 we see an example of Ananias as someone who knows of a sinners lifestyle but not their salvation and he could not immediately believe Paul was a changed person.   However when he clearly knew what God wanted he went and obeyed.  I am sure he rejoiced seeing Paul as a saved man.

Ananias baptized Paul but it is interesting Paul doesn’t boast about his baptism and did not think it saved him.

Paul stayed with the disciples for some days and then went into town and proclaimed in the synagogues that

he believed Jesus is the Son of God.  Paul was a Converted man.  Amen?  Amen!