The Apostle Paul is one of the most prolific authors of the New Testament in the Bible. We know from the book of Acts that he travelled widely. We also know from his epistles that Paul continued to counsel the churches of these lands.
But how did Saul the Pharisee become the Apostle Paul? In Part 15 of Unstoppable, we learnt about Saul’s encounter with Jesus along the road to Damascus and how God sent Ananias to guide Saul in his conversion (Acts 9:1-19). In this part, we continue to track the “making of” the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:19-30).
After his encounter with Jesus, Paul was blinded and did not eat or drink for 3 days. We pick up after Ananias heeded the Lord’s calling to restore Paul’s sight and fill him with the Holy Spirit.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
Do you want to become an apostle?
Paul’s calling was to become an Apostle to the Gentiles. A key part of Paul’s ministry was ministering to the church in Antioch (located in modern-day Turkey). Antioch was one of the largest cities in the Roman world, and was an important commercial centre of trade.
In Antioch, the first Gentile church was founded. The believers there became the first to be called Christians (Acts 11:26). Antioch became Paul’s home base for his missionary journeys. There, Paul and Barnabas “taught great numbers of people” (Acts 11:25).
Singapore has been prophesied to be the ‘Antioch of Asia’, most famously by the late Billy Graham in his crusade to Singapore in 1978. On this premise, what might this mean for you personally?
“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”” – Acts 9:15-16 (NIV)