Acts 9:19b-22: A new man.
“Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who caused havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?’ 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.”NIV
God makes such a thorough job of changing people that those He works on regularly show little resemblance to what they once were. Just a short while earlier Saul had been persecuting the faith, now he was promoting it. Furthermore, he was doing so with such clarity and power that his life was now in danger. He himself became a target and was drawing fire. Saul was a pot broken in the Potter’s Hand, that he might be made again in the image of the Potter. The Master craftsmanship cannot be doubted by any of us who still benefit from the ministry of Paul (once Saul) in the pages of the New Testament.
‘The new convert started at once to testify of the Saviour. We have no right to keep to ourselves the great treasures that we have discovered, but must copy the lepers of 2 Kings 7:9. He probably showed, from a comparison between the predictions of the Old Testament and the facts of our Lord’s life, that the key exactly fitted the ancient lock, and so proved its genuineness.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’,p.489.
PRAYER: Lord, because everyone is held in your Hands, you can break, and make, and mould according to your will.