徒 Acts 9:1-9
1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.“ I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
In this story, we have a universal picture of God’s daily grace in calling us all. Not everyone is so opposed to the Gospel, but pride and rebellion against God occur naturally in us all. If we are turned to God, it happens by his wonderful and secret power, against our nature.
Our conversion begins with the Lord seeking us of his own accord, when we anger and go astray, even though we have not called or sought him. He changes our stubborn hearts so that we become teachable.
We are also taught humility here. If Christ made Paul learn from an ordinary disciple, which of us can resent learning from any teacher, so long as he is appointed by Christ.
We must always apply this principle: we hear God alone in Christ, and only Christ himself, but speaking through his ministers. Two faults are to be avoided: ministers must not be proud because of this precious job; and their humble circumstances must not detract from the dignity of heavenly wisdom.