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Acts chapter 9:19b-26
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Acts chapter 9:19b-26:
V19b: Saul is now found among the disciples in Damascus – and clearly accepted by them, the very ones he came to persecute, as a brother in Christ. He is truly a transformed man – so he could later write 2 Corinthians 5:17.
V20-21: So, he is found immediately preaching in the synagogues, proclaiming that Jesus is truly the Son of God – which once he would have seen as blasphemy – and such a ” turning about” ( the root meaning of conversion ) amazes those who witness it – here is the man who came to Damascus to persecute those who did what he is now doing!
V22: But Saul ” increased all the more in strength”, both physically and spiritually, we may be sure.Here is the living proof of the truth he now proclaims, and of Jesus living in him, the source of all that he now is and does.( Galatians 2:20.)
V23-24: And almost at once he who had once persecuted believers knows persecution for Christ’s sake himself. But a plot to ambush Saul at the city gates and take him off to kill him is made known to him.
V25: We don’t know how long he has been in Damascus, but clearly he is already seen as something of a leader among the disciples there, and concerned for his safety, they smuggle him out of the city, as described here.
V26: So, he comes back to Jerusalem, and seeks to join the believers there.