Saul's Conversion

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MAY 12, 2014

THE MIRACULOUS SALVATION OF SAUL OF TARSUS Thesis: To understand the impact of Christ’s intervention in Saul’s life, we need to focus on three separate descriptions of Saul that Scriptures teach: Saul of Tarsus before his conversion, Saul’s encounter with Christ and his supernatural conversion, and Saul’s name changed to Paul after Christ converted and called him to preach and write much of the New Testament. . Introduction . Saul of Tarsus’s Life Before Conversion
. Saul’s Citizenship
1. Citizen of Tarsus
2. Born a Jew
3. Saul Inherited a Roman
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Acts 7:58-59 reads, “When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!’” Saul, later named Paul, admittedly confesses he consented and was present when Stephen was murdered. Saul was deceived by Satan, and blinded by his zeal to stand solely on the Torah. Saul admits that his conscience continually badgered him in reference to his behavior and actions. We see this in Acts 26:14 which reads, “And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’” Every Christian can see hope in the conversion of Saul. First because anyone, no matter how sinful, can be converted and changed. Secondly, there is hope that God will never leave persecuted Christians, and He will use every situation to fulfill his will.
Saul’s Encounter with Christ
Saul was traveling near Damascus on his way to persecute and possibly kill more Christians. He had no idea that he was moments away from conversion into the Gospel of Christ for which he currently hated. His conversion is brought upon by a bright light, a voice from heaven, and sudden blindness.
Acts 9:3 reads, “As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus,
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