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  1. 1. Saul’s New Life Next: 2 Cor 5:17
  2. 2. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor 5:17) Next: Acts 22:3
  3. 3. • He was “brought up in [Jerusalem] at the feet of Gamaliel.” (Acts 22:3) • Saul was “circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews . . . “ (Phil 3:5) • He made “havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” (Acts 8:3) Next: Acts 26:10–11
  4. 4. “. . . Many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.” (Acts 26:10–11) Next: Acts 9:26
  5. 5. • The disciples “were all afraid of him.” (Acts 9:26) • He described himself as having a zeal “toward God.” (Acts 22:3) Next: Acts 9:18–30
  6. 6. 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. 19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. 20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, >>
  7. 7. “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 23 Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. 24 But their plot became >>
  8. 8. known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. 26 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. >>
  9. 9. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. 30 When the brethren found out, >>
  10. 10. they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus. (Acts 9:18–30)
  11. 11. I. Who Saul Was Had Changed Next: Phil 3:7–8
  12. 12. I. Who Saul Was Had Changed “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:7–8)
  13. 13. II. Saul Changed His Associations Next: Acts 9:19
  14. 14. II. Saul Changed His Associations Saul “spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.” (Acts 9:19)
  15. 15. II. Saul Changed His Associations He immediately went to preaching that Jesus “is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:20–22)
  16. 16. II. Saul Changed His Associations “Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.” (Acts 9:23–24)
  17. 17. II. Saul Changed His Associations In Jerusalem “he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.” (Acts 9:29)
  18. 18. II. Saul Changed His Associations • In Damascus, they “took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.” (Acts 9:25) • In Jerusalem, “when the brethren found out [that the Hellenistic Jews wanted to kill Saul], they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.” (v. 30) Next: 1 Cor 15:33
  19. 19. II. Saul Changed His Associations “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” (1 Cor 15:33)
  20. 20. III. Saul Changed His Mission Next: Acts 26:15–20
  21. 21. III. Saul Changed His Mission 5 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you >>
  22. 22. III. Saul Changed His Mission from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ >>
  23. 23. III. Saul Changed His Mission 19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. (Acts 26:15–20) Next: Acts 9:20
  24. 24. III. Saul Changed His Mission “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:20)
  25. 25. IV. The Church’s Response to Saul’s Change Next: Acts 9:26
  26. 26. IV. The Church’s Response to Saul’s Change “He tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.” (Acts 9:26) Next: Lk 17:3–4
  27. 27. IV. The Church’s Response to Saul’s Change “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent.’ You shall forgive him.” (Lk 17:3–4) Next: Acts 9:27–28
  28. 28. IV. The Church’s Response to Saul’s Change “But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.” (Acts 9:27–28)
  29. 29. IV. The Church’s Response to Saul’s Change “They brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.” (Acts 9:30)
  30. 30. V. Saul’s Change Was Not Easy Next: 1 Cor 15:9
  31. 31. V. Saul’s Change Was Not Easy • “I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (1 Cor 15:9) • “Chief of sinners” (1 Tim 1:15) Next: Acts 9:15–16
  32. 32. V. Saul’s Change Was Not Easy “He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9:15–16)

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