Scripture: Acts 9:17-19a
So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened.
Insights: Today we conclude this passage of Scripture surrounding the conversion of Saul. The final step is the step required of everyone to enter into heaven. That step is the receiving of salvation and being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord coming to dwell within His own is what conversion is all about. The only One that can bring this gift of life into a human being is the Lord, and because He is the only One that can do this work, then it is supernatural in nature. The key evidence of life change is the filling of the Holy Spirit. It is at this point in the history that Saul, who becomes Paul, really is born again. Notice that the first thing Saul did was to become baptized. Baptism is the first step of obedience and demonstration of evidence of a life truly surrendered to the lordship of Jesus. Beloved, on this day in history the heavenly hosts rejoiced over this conversion. Today, for every soul that comes into a saving relationship with Jesus, the hosts of heaven are still rejoicing. Let us be diligent to go out into this dark world and share the love of Jesus with all the Lord prompts our hearts to share. May our lives reflect His glory!
1. Have you received the gift of eternal life found in Jesus Christ and become born again?
2. Do you understand the only way to heaven is through Jesus?
Prayer: Father, all week has been a celebration for Your wonderful gift of salvation. Everyone that enters into heaven must first experience supernatural conversion because You did all the work. Let me never forget what You did for me and may I spend all of my eternity worshipping You for Your grace. Amen.