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6 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8 So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. 10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ 11 And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.

 

At this point in Paul’s speech, he recounted his experience on the road to Damascus, representing Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. This account of His conversion is the second of three (Acts 9:1-30; 26:4-23). This section of Acts 22 sets forth Paul’s direct testimony to his salvation.

22:6

“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.

As Paul approached Damascus, a great light shone around him around noon. This event did not occur in night vision but in broad daylight.

22:7

And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’

As Saul (Paul) fell to the ground, he heard a voice asking him why he persecuted “Me.”

22:8

So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’

Saul (Paul’s Jewish name) asked the questioner who he was, and the voice replied, “I am Jesus of Nazareth.” He was the one Paul persecuted. The apostle here forcefully demonstrated to his Jewish listeners that only Jesus of Nazareth can save.

22:9

“And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.

Paul’s fellow persecutors saw the light around him and were afraid. However, they could not hear the voice that spoke to him. His traveling companions could verify some aspects of his testimony.

22:10

So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’

The apostle asked Jesus what he should do, and the Lord replied that he should go to Damascus, where he would do things appointed for him.

22:11

And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.

This verse describes the nature of the light that shone around Paul. It was so bright that it blinded him, and he had to be led to Damascus by his friends.

PRINCIPLE:

God can turn the most hostile opponent of Christianity to Himself.

APPLICATION:

Encountering the glorified Christ will change any person, no matter how evil or resistant to Christianity. In an instant, Paul turned from Christianity’s greatest persecutor to its greatest advocate. I saw my father embrace Jesus as his Savior after 20 years of resistance.

 

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