19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
Luke now goes on to tell us how fruitful Paul’s conversion was. He immediately appeared in public, not only declaring that he was a disciple of Christ but also exposing himself to his enemies’ fury by defending the Gospel boldly. He who had been furious against Christ now submitted meekly to his will and even went to the point of extreme danger to vindicate Christ’s glory, fighting like a standard-bearer.
If we long to escape this trouble, let us not rebel against God but humbly receive the peace that Scripture offers.