“I too was convicted that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. (Acts 26:9, 10 NIV)
Wednesdays lean more toward heart matters. The conversion of Saul to Paul, not only included his heart, his eyes were transformed from seeing like a Pharisee, to God’s purpose prevailing. God promised to rescue Paul from his own people and from the Gentiles. Paul was sent “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
Saul’s blindness was not a mistake, though he was spiritually blind, God blinded him physically. God worked in Paul to help him understand physical changes, increasing his understanding of spiritual changes. The Paul we know, study and take as an example…Saul is long forgotten. More we focus on Christ, closer we become to Jesus, understanding more of His character, being revealed through us. In this process, our past- who we once were…has been made new in Jesus Christ. For this, we can all be grateful.
Opposition has been around a long time. Societal confusion increases as more and more are deceived into believing left agenda attacks against foundational beliefs. Spiritual blindness prevents individuals from understanding Biblical Truth, therefore, completely missing full picture. We have to be very careful in today’s world. No longer believe what we hear, yet, seek facts- truth. Same goes for Churches as being informed in world matters. There are many Sauls roaming…doing all possible to oppose Jesus of Nazareth. Dear Friends, we cannot be one of them- Jesus came to save, died for your sins and mine, opening eyes to see, changing darkness to light.