But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ (Acts 9:22).
After Saul’s conversion, he needed strengthening in his walk and mission. What can we see from Acts 9:19b-22 how this happened?
- By fellow believers. Ananias brought Paul into the Damascus church. Ananias’ advocacy helped Paul receive that acceptance.
- By the beauty and truth of the Word that redeems from brokenness. Paul argued from the Scriptures that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, the Son of God, the fulfillment of all the prophecies. He was strengthened at how God opened His eyes to see the way He put His plan of rescue in early on.
- By his love for his Jewish brothers. He wanted to see his brothers come to Christ at all costs (see Romans 9:1-5). This was part of his mission (Acts 9:15-16) and gave him a God-ordained purpose.
- By Jesus Himself. Jesus rescued Him. Jesus was the anointed Messiah who would deliver them from their sin and brokenness. Jesus provides all Paul needed to do all He commanded.
So, come to church, read the Word, share the gospel, and connect with Christ at all points!
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