The most credible witness

Posted: March 25, 2012 in Harvest Youth

Who is the most credible witness for the risen Lord Jesus Christ?

Some say it is the women who came to see His tomb.

Some say it is Peter because he became very bold after the Holy Spirit came.

I want to talk today about Saul, or now Paul of the NT.

Paul was a Pharisee, as he admitted in Acts 23 when He was on trial.

He used to persecute the Christians violently as he describes in Gal 1:13-14
For you have heard about my former way of life in Judaism: I persecuted God’s church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors.

All of that changed for Paul as we read the next two verses (Gal 1:15-16)
…But when God, who from my birth set me apart and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.

We have to act when we see the Lord, and that is what happened to Paul.

But lets rewind for a moment and look at Saul before and after seeing the Lord.

Before seeing the Lord:
Stephen was the first martyr for the Lord Jesus Christ. At the end of Acts 7 we see that while the religious people were stoning Stephen, Saul was holding their coats. At the beginning of Acts 8 we see that Saul was pulling men out of their homes and killing them, and then in Acts 9 he had gotten some letters together granting permission for him to kill anyone who belonged to Christ Jesus.

After seeing the Lord:
Saul immediately becomes a Christian and writes 13-14 books of the NT. I say 13-14 because some think that Paul wrote Hebrews. He saw the Lord and it changed his life! And notice immediately he is called brother (Acts 9:17). Before Paul did anything, he is called brother. Paul did not earn his salvation; it was freely given to him.

But notice Paul does not do nothing once he is saved; he goes all over the place and tells people about the Lord.

Once we see the Lord, we are compelled to act. James says that faith without works is dead. So our outward acts express our inward condition. Saul is a great example of what a true conversion looks like, and he is a credible witness, perhaps the most credible witness for the risen Lord.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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