- Acts 9:16-20
- Acts 9:16 (KJB)
- For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's
- Must - Necessary
- Saul will soon begin his ministry and when he does, he will be subject
to the same persecution in which he persecuted those before his salvation.
He will realize that the true message of the Bible, being the Lord Jesus
Christ, will be hated and rejected to the point that he will suffer much
physical persecution. Saul will not be persecuted because of his past
history which has been wiped clean by the blood of Calvary. He will be
persecuted because of the message he will be bringing.
- Acts 9:17 (KJB)
- And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his
hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared
unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest
receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
- Ananias no longer hesitated but now did what he was commanded to do by
the Lord Jesus Christ. He had gone to the house of Judas and went to Saul.
Notice that Ananias calls him “brother Saul.” Ananias now recognizes Saul as
a Christian. (2 Cor 5:16 KJV) Wherefore henceforth know we no man
after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now
henceforth know we him no more. A very important
principle in this verse is that when a person becomes saved, no matter who
they were before, they are now either brother or sister. We see them
according to their regenerated state and not their previous unsaved state.
Ananias then goes into Saul and explains what happened to him on the road to
Damascus. He was very explicit about the fact that it was Jesus who appeared
to him. To the Jews the term “Lord” would normally point to Jehovah, the
Father but here Saul was approached on the road by the Son. He then states
that at the same time the Lord came to him and told him that he was to go to
Saul of Tarsus in the house of Judas for two reasons, so he may receive his
physical sight and that he would be filled with the Holy Ghost, thus
preparing him for his coming ministry. Ananias was not an Apostle nor held
any rank but God uses him to bring the Holy Spirit on Saul. This was a
miracle which happened in the very early church and was done away with by
the end of the first century. Now when a person becomes saved they receive
the Holy Spirit immediately without any laying on of hands.
- Acts 9:18 (KJB)
- And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
- Scales - Fish scales
- Forthwith - Instantly
- There is a medical procedure called descaling in which a patch of skin
is removed from over the eyes which causes blindness. These scales which
Saul had looked like fish scales which would have been apropos because Saul
was about to be a fisher of men. (Mat 4:19 KJV) And he saith unto
them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
As soon as those scales were providentially removed, Saul received back his
sight. The next thing that they did was to baptize Saul in water which was
his initial testimony to what happened to him internally.
- Acts 9:19 (KJB)
- And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
- Meat - Food
- After Saul received the Holy Ghost and his sight back, he then ate
something which brought back his physical strength. After three days he no
doubt was in a weakened state. He stayed with the disciples in Damascus for
a period of time and I can guarantee that the conversation of those days was
one big Bible study and I am sure Saul had many questions about
Christianity. The fact that the word “disciple” is in the plural means that
Saul met with many of the disciples and probably heard enough to fill a
- Acts 9:20 (KJB)
- And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is
the Son of God.
- Straightway - Immediately
- Since Saul did not know anyone personally in Damascus except Judas and
Ananias, they would have taken Saul to the local assembly of believers. Saul
then went to the Synagogues in the city and started to preach the true
Gospel to the Jews that Jesus is the Son of God. Notice here too that Saul
uses the term “is” rather than “was” because he has firsthand knowledge that
Jesus is alive and well. The word “is” in the Greek is in the present tense.
Saul did not waste any time in starting his ministry. He ministered right
where he was at the time.