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AF-S107-012906 Acts 9b

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Acts 9:1-16 ~

u Salvation is for sinners 1 Timothy 1:15 “chief of sinners.”

u Salvation is personal “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

u Salvation is miraculous Blinding Light, enemy to friend, change

u Salvation is an act of divine grace Saul’s work for God was Kakos

u Salvation is a conversion from Latin to turn around!

u Salvation is Christ-centered You must meet Jesus!

u Salvation is into Christ’s body You must be part of the solution

u Salvation implies obedience it is the great commission

Light from heaven, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting!”

Acts 9:17-19a ~ So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, his strength returned.

Brother Saul, Ananias, Bishop of Damascus, one of the 70, and martyr under Nero in 67

Lord Jesus – story told 25 times in the Bible; actual physical appearance

Holy Spirit – regeneration is not all that is required.

        Baptism, anointing, unction, it is Holy Spirit power & fire. It is the difference between stayed Christianity and active Christianity.

        We really can’t learn by hearing – I wish it were so, but we must experience things for our self. I promise, if we were focused on being anointed and doing we wouldn’t have time to worry about kakos.

Acts 22:12-16 ~ “And a certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very time I looked up at him. “And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. ‘For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

‘Now why do you delay? Abrupt, “Make a choice,” Close the deal

Get up and be baptized, into the Body – do something in order to do      something!

Thus, washing away your sins, calling on His name.’ – Don’t strain gnats     and swallow camels

        Blood washes sins away and it is appropriated only by faith in Jesus,        i.e. calling on His name. If we now call on His name in faith we must      be different than before. Paul, who wouldn’t dream of being baptized   before, jumps into the water.

 

Repentance is always part & parcel.

Repentance: contrition for one’s sins together with the dedication of oneself to the abandonment of unworthy purposes and values and to the amendment of one’s life.
        “There's no repentance in the grave.” – You can’t change once you’re DEAD!
        Isaac Watts, known as the "Father of English hymns," he wrote approximately 600 hymns. Born on July 17, 1674, while his father was in prison, he learned Latin at 4, Greek at 9, French at 10, and Hebrew at 13.

Conversion, from Latin, convertere, means, to turn around.

Acts 9:19b-22 ~ For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “This man is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners to the chief priests?” But Saul became more and more capable, and was causing consternation among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

Synagogues – They were expecting him to talk, just not the way he did.

How many so-called decisions for Christ go out immediately proclaiming Jesus? I know a few who did and there still doing it nearly 40 years later

" Galatians 1:16b-2:1 ~ I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, (Shim-own, Calf, Kêphas, See-fuss) and stayed with him fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother… Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia… Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also.

Immediately consult – What does everyone else think about it?

 

Inclusive dating – Paul goes into Arabia for up to 3 years, then returns to Damascus which at that time was controlled by the Arabs.

Gadara, overlooking the Sea of Galilee – Jesus & the pigs (Matthew 8:28-34 ~ 28When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” 30Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. 31The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 32And He said to them, “Go!” And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters. 33The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. 34And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.)

Petra, the capital of the Nabataean King Arētas IV

2 Corinthians 11:31-33 ~ The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me, and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands.

Acts 9:23-27 ~ Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted together to kill him, but Saul learned of their plot against him. They were also watching the city gates day and night so that they could kill him. But his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening in the wall by lowering him in a basket. When he arrived in Jerusalem, he attempted to associate with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took Saul, brought him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

He was converted, but then they didn’t hear much for quite awhile.

Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (Son of Encouragement) Barnabas left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. {Ch 11}

Acts 9:28-31 ~ So he was staying with them, associating openly with them in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. He was speaking and debating with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they were trying to kill him. When the brothers found out about this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced peace and thus was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church increased in numbers.

debating with the Greek-speaking Jews – Same Synagogue

but they were trying to kill him – Same result

Peace – 37 AD, more pressing matters than Christians – Tiberius was succeeded by Caligula who recalled the Governor of Syria destabilizing the entire region and Caiaphas was replaced by Jonathan and then by Theophilus and Herod Agrippa I became King of the Jews.

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