Saul Falls Off of His Horse and Is Changed Forever
Saul Becomes Paul
By Dr. Lindy S. Diffenbaugh, DD
As I begin this post regarding the Life of Saul/Paul the Apostle, I do not feel quite worthy to tell the story of such a Great Man of God, as well as a Great Man of Faith! As I read of Paul in the New Testament, I am overwhelmed with a sense of awe, regarding this great and powerful Man of God.
Unlike the original “Christ Chosen Apostles,” Paul did not have a background of living the life of a devout Christian; in fact, He was notorious in his mission to persecute those that followed Christ. He worked daily to learn of Christ’s teachings, in order to combat those teachings when He encountered them.
In fact, Paul was not one of the original 12-Apostles that Christ first chose to follow and be taught by Him. In fact, Paul did not convert to Christianity until 2 or 3 years after Christ was executed on the Cross.
Saul, The Horse, and the Road to Damasus Changed Everything
There came a “God Appointed Time,” when Paul was riding on his horse on the way to Damascus, where he would most likely persecute Christians. In fact, Saul’s ride to Damascus was interrupted by the Lord God of Heaven, Himself.
When Christ appeared before Saul, the force of His appearance was so powerful that it knocked Paul right off of His horse. When the Lord had Paul in a position flat out on the ground, He questioned Saul when He asked him, “Why do you persecute me?”
At That Moment Saul Was Transformed into Paul the Apostle
If you do not know already, the Apostle Paul traditionally wrote 13 of the 27 books of the in the New Testament. Beyond that, after meeting Jesus on the Road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul famously converted to Christianity, and he wrote a series of letters that powerfully worked to help spread the power and authority of the faith in the Mediterranean World.
In fact, Paul wrote many letters to his previous friends and followers that he trained, to his conversion into Christianity. Over the Millenniums these writings have been passed down and shared and thus, they have allowed the Gospel of Faith to be released into lives of so many people, and that were at their last thread before turning away from any thought of God and/or Taking Their Own Life, or hurting another individual in the process.
In fact, his writings have been passed down thru many, many lives that have, in fact, passed the teaching down to others, and likewise others have passed them down to others…My Message to You Today Is: Go Thou and Do Likewise…Selah!!!