Acts 26:15,16 – I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Get up and stand to your feet, for I have appeared to you to reveal your destiny and to commission you as my assistant. You will be a witness to what you have seen and to the things I will reveal whenever I appear to you.
Paul’s story has many very important lessons to teach all of us. One of those is how we can think we are right about certain beliefs, especially spiritual ones, and be totally wrong. Paul (Saul the Pharisee from Tarsus) had studied the scriptures all of his life. He was actually taken to be raised and tutored by Gamaliel, Israel’s foremost teacher, as a young child. If anyone knew the Bible, Saul knew it. He was versed in all of the solid, Biblical teachings of the day about prophetic events, especially about the messiah. Like many of us, Saul was rigid in his beliefs, change was unthinkable. At least it was unthinkable until that famous encounter on the Road to Damascus. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, Saul was changed. He saw Jesus for Himself. In the light of the glory of the Lord Saul began to see everything differently. His views on the messiah had been wrong. Before he spoke about things he had heard from others, now he had become an eyewitness of His glory. Here is what Brian Simmons says bout Saul’s sudden change.
“The conversion of Saul the legalist into Paul the grace preacher has a significant lesson for us. We can be amazingly wrong while thinking we are doing right. The Holy Spirit awakens our hearts to feast on Christ, our righteousness. Religion has a deadening effect on our hearts. Like Saul, we have to fall off our “high horse” and bite the dust before our blinded eyes can see.”
The scary thing about this event, I wonder what things all of us have been wrong about? The only things that I am sure about is those things that I have experienced for myself in Christ and seen confirmation in the word of God. John called this the Spirit of prophesy. Now more than ever we need to hear from God for ourselves. There are many confident voices crying for our attention, many will prove to be wrong. Draw near to the Lord, stay connected to the body of Christ, soak yourself in scripture; Jesus is coming soon and I am not quite sure how that is going to look.