Saul of Tarsus Encounters Jesus
Acts 9 is the chapter where we see the debut of Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul the apostle, into the kingdom. He was approaching Damascus with letters from the high priest giving him permission to capture and transport Christians back to Jerusalem. A light from heaven flashes around him and he falls to the ground and hears a voice say, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" Paul responds, "who are You, Lord?" And Jesus says, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting." The story continues.
At the time of this event, Jesus was already crucified, resurrected and at the right hand of the Father, so the only persecution that He was experiencing was that toward His body on the earth. The amazing thing to me is that He considered the body (ekklesia) on the earth to be literally His body. It isn't a figure of speech. Study the language yourself.
Years ago, I remember asking the Lord how I could love Him, since I couldn't see, touch, or hear Him with my natural senses. He showed me by His Spirit that I was to love Jesus in His people. Just as He was literally persecuted as His body was persecuted by Saul of Tarsus and others, He is literally loved as His body is loved. Consider how you love, value, appreciate, serve, etc. His body. That is how you love, value and appreciate Him. What a wonderful thought!
6/9/2011 05:15:50 am
For being there.
6/17/2011 09:20:57 pm
When you consider what Saul was doing, he was going after the spirit that moved the people he persecuted... the spirit by which they spoke the words of life and freedom from the grave to the people of his world.
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