What about adults:1. Drugs2. Alcohol3. Fornication4. Adultery5. Cursing6. Forsaking the assembling7. Failing to read and study the bible.8. Etc., etc.
Act 9:1-2 NKJV Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder againstthe disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest (2) and asked lettersfrom him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any whowere of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them boundto Jerusalem.Act 7:57-58 NKJV Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped theirears, and ran at him with one accord; (58) and they cast him out of thecity and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at thefeet of a young man named Saul.
Act 9:1-2 NKJV Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder againstthe disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest (2) and asked lettersfrom him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any whowere of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them boundto Jerusalem.Act 8:1 NKJV Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time agreat persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; andthey were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria,except the apostles.Act 8:3 NKJV As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, enteringevery house, and dragging off men and women, committing them toprison.
Act 9:4-5 NKJV Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice sayingto him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" (5) And hesaid, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom youare persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." The church cannot be separated from Christ.Eph 1:22-23 NKJV And He put all things under His feet, and gaveHim to be head over all things to the church, (23) which is Hisbody, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Read Eph. 5:23-27; 30-32
The church cannot be separated from Christ; just like marriage.Gen 2:23-24 NKJV And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bonesAnd flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she wastaken out of Man." (24) Therefore a man shall leave his father andmother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.Mat 19:4-6 NKJV And He answered and said to them, "Have you notread that He who made them at the beginning MADE THEM MALEAND FEMALE, (5) and said, FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALLLEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HISWIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ? (6) Sothen, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God hasjoined together, let not man separate."
Jesus takes it personal when we harm the church.Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 22, 25-27Read again and substitute “body” with “church.”Are you harming the church? 1. If you cut off your pinky finger would it hurt? 2. What about participation, attendance, etc. in the church? 3. Actions in the world can bring harm upon the church.
Act 9:5 NKJV And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lordsaid, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you tokick against the goads." 1. Saul recognized Jesus as One of heavenly authority; Matt. 28:28 2. There is only One way to salvation; Acts 4:12 3. Imagine the thoughts of Saul at this moment.
1. Saul did all with a good conscience; Act 23:1 NKJV Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” 1Ti 1:13-15 NKJV although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (14) And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (15) This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
2. Having a good conscience not enough. 1Pe 3:20-21 NKJV who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (21) There is also an antitype which now saves us— baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
3. Kicking a sharp pointy thing.4. Trembling and Astonished. Act 9:6 “So he, trembling and Astonished…” Act 22:9-10 NKJV "And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. (10) So I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me, Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.
Washed in His BloodAct 9:6 NKJV So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, whatdo You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Ariseand go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.“Similar reaction Acts 2:36-37Romans 1:16
Washed in His BloodAct 26:16-18 NKJV But rise and stand on your feet; for I haveappeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and awitness both of the things which you have seen and of the thingswhich I will yet reveal to you. (17) I will deliver you from theJewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now sendyou, (18) to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness tolight, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receiveforgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who aresanctified by faith in Me.
Why are You Waiting? Act 22:16 NKJV And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.Ephesians 1:7; Romans 6:3-5 1 John 1:7-9
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