Paul Tells of His Conversion
o "While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
"at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.
"And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
"So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
'But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, p 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.
'I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, q to whom I now send you,
r 'to open their eyes, in order s to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, t that they may receive forgiveness of sins and u an inheritance among those who are v sanctified by faith in Me.'
"Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
"but w 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 x works befitting repentance.
"For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.
"Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those y which the prophets and z Moses said would come -
a "that the Christ would suffer, b that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and c would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."
Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, d you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!"
But he said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.
"For the king, before whom I also speak freely, e knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.
"King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe."
Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian."
And Paul said, f "I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains."
When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them;
and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, g "This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains."
Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set h free i if he had not appealed to Caesar."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Acts 9:3 - 8
As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Acts 22:6 - 11
Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
Acts 26:12 - 18
While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests.
For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
Ephesians 3:6 - 8
That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.
"Then He said to me, 'Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.'"
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2 Corinthians 4:4
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1 Thessalonians 5:5
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2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
"Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"
1 Corinthians 15:20
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:23
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles.
Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.
2 Corinthians 4:4
Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
2 Kings 9:11
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1 Corinthians 1:23
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1 Corinthians 2:13
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1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man does not receive the things...
1 Corinthians 4:10
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Especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
1 Corinthians 7:7
For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, "We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains.
But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him.
Who, when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death.
"For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar."