Acts 9 The Conversion of Saul
As we read this story, we are drawn back to Jn 16:2 and the words of Jesus “They will put you out of the synagogue,…the one who kills you will think “they are” offering service to God.” Before this, the religious leaders did not think twice and plotted to kill Jesus and later Lazarus. As the Jews heard Saul share his conversion, they too plotted to kill him. Is this any different than today? No, the unbelievers often do the same. The irony is that not one of them sees this as breaking the commandment: “thou shalt not kill.” Satan is a master of not only disguise but a master of lies. “Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature because he is a liar and the father of lies.” [Jn 8:44] Satan’s one desire is to blind “the minds of those who do not believe so they [and you] would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.” [2Cor 4:4]
How easily we are duped or hoodwinked! Yet, the conversion of Saul is a testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit. He alone can change our thinking, our relationship to God, and our way of life.
How has the Holy Spirit changed your life?