October 6, 2018

Acts 9: 20-22,,,And straightway he (Saul) preached Christ in the synagogues, that he (Jesus)  is the Son of God.  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? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at  Damascus proving that this is very Christ.

After Ananias laid his hands on him (Saul), the Bible says, “And immediately there fell from his eyes, as it had been scales, and he received his sight forthwith, and arose, and be baptized. Saul who was persecuting Christians, going from one house to the other to arrest any one that believed on the name of Jesus, became a follower of Jesus at the Damascus encounter with our Lord Jesus. This personal encounter is what I desire that every believer would witness again afresh. The life of Saul is a testimony of what God can do in the life of individuals if we cooperate with him. Saul did not hesitate to take up the assignment,, he submitted immediately to the Lord’s will. :What do you want me to do Lord?”  What is my assignment?  His first assignment was to preach to everyone, in particular the Jews, that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD. This was the bone of contention among the Jews hitherto that led to the persecution of the believers. The Jews did not believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah that they were waiting for. It took our Lord Himself to open the understanding of Saul by that encounter that he is a chosen vessel that will bear His Name. From then on Saul did not look back, with every fiber in his being, he preached the gospel in Damascus and stayed with the disciples there for many days. In Damascus, the Jews started to plot against him to kill him, and this laying in wait was known of Saul, and the disciples took him by night and let him down by the wall in a basket. This was the beginning of Saul’s ministry in the light of his newly found faith, and as we will continue to see the work of God through him, we will be amazed the extent God used him among the Gentiles, and even among authorities in Jerusalem,

Many deep knowledge of God was made known through Saul, that later became Paul. Many of his epistles to different sectors in the course of his preaching were timeless and they are still very applicable to us today.  It was through Paul that the light of the gospel was brought to the Gentiles. We appreciate our God for counting us (Gentiles) worthy to be a partaker of the inheritance that is in Christ Jesus.  Following the scriptures, we noticed that the Gentiles of the ancient Israel were all destroyed to place the children of Israel into their promised land. They were the descendants of Abraham whom the LORD promised to bless and make a great nation, through whom the whole world would be blessed. The blessings of Abraham robbed on we Gentiles through our Lord Jesus. Paul was given this understanding as he was the apostle to the Gentiles, Vehemently, he defended this secret that was made known to him that we are all one in Christ. He says in one of his letters, that there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him (Romans 10:12).

We thank God for the eternal plan of salvation to every mankind which He made known through Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. He says in Romans 6:23 that :the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we are blessed that God extended the salvation by grace to us and not of works because nobody would have been able to achieve it. Let us then continue to also appreciate Paul for all the sacrifice that he made to bring the truth of the word of God to us, God really used him to change the entire world in the light of the new covenant through the blood of Jesus,  Paul lived a life of sacrifice for this call of God upon his life, as he says in Galatians 2:20, :I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh,  I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  This verse summarized it all. He lived a crucified,and selfless life, did not aspire to gain anything in the world except the knowledge of Christ, as he stated in Philippians 3:10 “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

Fellow believers, the life of Paul is worth emulating, let us forget about any thing in the world that can ensnare us, and run the race with patience, living by the faith of the Son of God (Jesus) who loved us and gave Himself for us. It is well with us in Jesus name.

Prayer…Lord help me to live a life that is pleasing unto you, and also help me to fulfill the assignment that you have for me.Amen.

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