This excerpt is adapted from by Guy Prentiss Waters. The Damascus road experience brought it about. When I act against my own will, that means I have a self that acknowledges that the Law is good, and so the thing behaving in that way is not my self but sin living in me. And perhaps he also therefore received special permission to lead disciplinary measures in order to stifle the incipient Christian awakening. Paul had to be broken and condemn himself before inner healing could take place. But at the bottom line is the interaction between human and divine.
Hardly any generation has been as distressed as this present one. This is the end of the process and Paul is set apart for this calling but also inviting all who hear him to the same obedience of faith. Saul heard the word of Jesus, was struck blind, and subsequently regained his sight. Saul as a rabbi, was required to learn a trade and so labored in the low-paying, menial task of tentmaking. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Luke was then Paul's companion, as we see from the continuation of the story.
It is also the subject of the medieval play and the Saule, Saule, quid me persequeris by 1535—1596. At other times a single writer may repeat the record of an event for the sake of a slightly different point of emphasis. The work that Paul is describing in the life of the believer, therefore, is a work of new creation. The churches of Asia perhaps 2 Timothy 1:15? It would also explain the fact that he was a witness to the stoning of Stephen. It was not till 14 years had passed that I went up to Jerusalem again. Acts 9:17-18 Paul's conversion occurred 3 days later when he received the Holy Spirit and was baptized.
This is apparent, for instance, in the hymn of love in 1 Corinthians 13. Luke 1:3 , and that his record reflects the fact that both akouo hear and phone voice are capable of different nuances, e. As a synagogue representative he chose the safest way, the role of a defender of faith. We learn in geometry that 360 degrees makes a full circle. It is in the actions of Paul; what is recorded in Acts 9-28. When Paul says later in Rom.
After his first trial before Nero, Saint Paul was acquitted, and then he realized his ambition to plant true Christianity in España. The first problem is that, according to Acts, Paul is travelling to Damascus empowered with authority from the high-priest to arrest dissident Christian Jews and bring them back to Jerusalem for punishment. Based on all three accounts, Paul asked Jesus two different questions. The Bible is replete with examples of where an event is recorded multiple times. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. Despite his previous beliefs as a Pharisee, he now knew the truth about God and was obligated to obey him.
And a man can do a whole lot of thinking while walking 140 miles! It may be that he then recorded this detailed information in writing too. This is St Paul talking about himself and recognizing his own weakness. This points to hard religiosity and perhaps that he had taken a liking also to Rabbi Shammai's stricter interpretation of the Law. Today, Damascus' Bab Kissan Gate is the traditional site of that hurried exit. It is by specific revelation that God communicates to us his redemptive purpose. With consistency, the apostle refers to the word of Christ as the means by which faith is developed Rom. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Saul would bear witness to all kinds of people, but he had a particular calling to bear witness to Jesus among the Gentiles. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. In this, the core constant is seriousness about the priorities and style of Jesus of Nazareth, and seeking to follow him…. It seems the Galatians had been hearing a different gospel, probably from Peter and John since Paul sets out to discredit them in the next chapter. But this general revelation of God does not specify how we can be saved from our sins. For Sanders, this totally obscures what was actually happening in the first century and how Christianity developed out of Judaism.
Paul knows that some of those may be in the crowd or have shared what happened with others. And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. I whined every day from the time I was three until the time I was five. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. They thought Paul was insane. We belittle his struggle with conversion if we assume that it all happened in that blinding flash which threw him to the ground! They also have what is called Confirmation Bias. Supposed prophecies ranged from fine days predicting good harvests, to clouds and mists signifying pestilence and war in the coming months.
Paul lied to the Galatians because his gospel was losing it's authority, so he tried to distinguish himself from the real Apostles by claiming to be a direct mediator between man and Jesus Christ. And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? When someone recounts an event at different times under different circumstances, minor variances are to be expected. Summary The differences among the three accounts in Acts of the Apostles do not show that Paul was confused, but that the author of Acts was exercising some literary licence. We want to believe that God blinded and struck Paul down and then immediately his thought patterns were completely different and his old ways went out the window. Romans 7: 21 This has to be encouraging in itself, surely? Secondly, the criticism fails to take into account the epochal nature of the conversion of Saul, and its importance in the divine scheme of things.
Rome was a great builder of roads. This too is consistent with Paul's speech as he attempts to get Agrippa to admit he knows Christ. The same Jesus who and transformed Paul wants to work in your life too. On the other hand, Paul himself insists that his sight of the heavenly Jesus makes him equal in authority with the Twelve Apostles who saw the earthly Jesus. Myself, claiming to be far from a mathematician, view a conversion as something being transformed into something other than what it was originally. Lots of things of importance here. It is a process of obedience and of conforming — but not narrow or exclusive.