- Acts 22:11-15
- Acts 22:11 (KJB)
- And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the
hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
- The glory of the light was so bright that it caused Paul to stop seeing
and he was literally blinded so that he had to be led physically by the
hand. What Paul had experienced was the Shekinah glory which God appeared in
the Old Testament. If Paul was not qualified to be in the glory, he would
have been consumed and died. So Paul was able to complete his journey to
Damascus but not in the way he thought he would. Many times we want to do
ministry and God directs our circumstances to be different than the way we
anticipated. (Prov 16:9 KJV) A man's heart deviseth his way: but
the LORD directeth his steps.
- Acts 22:12 (KJB)
- And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report
of all the Jews which dwelt there,
- Paul then speaks about Ananias who was a devout Jew who had lived in
Damascus. If you notice that Paul states that he was devout according to the
law. Ananias had a good testimony among all the Jews and those would be the
unsaved as well as the saved. It gives us something to think about. Do we
have a good report among the unbelievers, whether it be home, family, or
- Acts 22:13 (KJB)
- Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy
sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
- Paul here summarizes what happened to him because the major details are
given in chapter 9. Ananias, responding to the commands of the Lord, even
calls Saul, “brother,” recognizing that he was now a saved individual and a
brother in the Lord. It seems the term “brother and sister” were already in
use in the Christian community. Ananias commands Paul to receive his sight
and the scales came off his eyes and he was now able to see the man whom the
Lord sent to him.
- Acts 22:14 (KJB)
- And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou
shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice
of his mouth.
- Ananias then begins to explain to Saul that it was the God of their
Fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who hath chosen thee. He was
chosen for the purpose to know God’s will which would have been the sending
forth of the Gospel to the Gentiles and the establishing of churches in many
areas. It was also God’s will that he write much of the New Testament and to
teach that salvation was by grace through Christ and not through the law. It
was also God’s will that Saul was to see the Lord Jesus Christ, not from a
distance but face to face and to hear his voice. Jesus became real to Saul
that day and in a mighty way. Saul wanted to kill or bind all the Christians
but the Lord turned him from being a killer into a soul winner.
- Acts 22:15 (KJB)
- For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and
- Paul then tells the crowd that he was to be a witness unto all men,
which would include not only the Jews but the Gentiles wherever he was to be
sent. He would give a testimony as to what he saw and heard, which means the
message Paul would be giving was not his own, but the Lord’s message.
(2 Cor 5:20 KJV) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God
did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to
God. Ambassadors for a country deliver the message
they were told to deliver by their government and do not make up their own