KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:22. “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews that dwelt in Damascus, proving that this is the very Christ.”
Acts 9:20 reveals that Paul started preaching about the Lord Jesus straight away. after his conversion. The question is what did he know about Jesus Christ to be able to teach and to confound the Jewish lawyers and teachers.? Apostle Paul as a new convert needed to be taught the truths about Jesus. This he said the Spirit taught him. Galatians 1:12 ” For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
These developments give credence to what Paul said in Galatians 1:15-17. It was after his visit to Arabia and being confined into the presence of the Lord that he received insight into the truths about Jesus. It was on his return to Damascus that he started teaching in the synagogues and confounded the Jews.
From what Paul wrote to the Galatians about himself, we are able to explain what Luke wrote in the Acts of the apostles. When we explain scriptures with other portions of the bible, we appreciate the clarity of what has being written.
The Jews in Damascus realising they could not understand the level of insight and knowledge with which Paul taught about Jesus, decided to kill him. (Acts 9:23). They laid in wait at the city gate so that when he passed by, they would attack and kill him. Apostle Paul got to know of it. Acts 9:25 says the disciples took him by night and let him down by the wall in a basket. These brethren who helped him to escape did not know they were saving somebody who would write about half of the letters in the New testament. I do not believe they knew that God had given him a special revelation which would change the course of the world. Dear child of God, the convert you have been privileged to care and raise, may be a special instrument in God’s hand to affect many lives. He or she may be another Paul or Peter. He or she may be another Pastor Chris Oyakhilome or bishop Dag Heward Mills. Give him or her every love, care and attention needed to make him or her stand strong in Christ.
Those disciples who let him down in the basket were risking their lives by doing that. The Jews who had wanted to kill Paul would have attacked them if they had seen them attempt to let Paul down the wall. Give every sacrifice to protecting, helping and raising that new Christian you have found.
The story continues that, when Paul got to Jerusalem, the brethren were so scared of him that they could not believe that he is a disciple. It took Barnabas whose name meant Son of rest or son of consolation to stand with Paul and defend him before the apostles. Love believes all things. There is no fear in love. Don’t stay far and judge. Get close and allow the Spirit to communicate the truths about that particular individual to you, so you would be able to relate well with him or her.
Lord I pray for all Christians to be committed to lovingly and sacrificially discipling all new converts that they find in their midst.
John 21:15 ” So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”
Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”