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Acts 9 – “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

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This was Jesus’ question to Saul on the road to Damascus.  After being “in hearty agreement with putting (Stephen) to death,” Saul was the ringleader of “a great persecution that began against the church in Jerusalem.”  He “began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.” (Acts 8:1-3).  Since many of the Christians scattered from Jerusalem, Saul determined to go after them.  Those plans changed when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus (9:1-6).  He went from persecuting the name of Jesus to proclaiming it (:7-22), even being persecuted himself (:23-30).  What happened to the church when its worst enemy became its greatest ally?  “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (:31).  Once again, persecution could not stop the church.

Are you persecuting Christ?  Of course not – at least not like Saul was.  Then what are you doing?  You are either doing something for Christ, or you are doing something against Him.  “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30).  You can’t gather while sitting still, but you can scatter.  If you are not against the Lord, then get up and get to gathering.

Have a great day in His word!


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