September 19, 2010

One Face-Two Names By Joyce Mizell

    Saul was the man raised in the Jews’ religion and later believed on Jesus Christ and became Paul.  He saw the LIGHT and His life was changed.

     On the day of Pentecost God inaugurated his gospel for the apostles and others to tell all over the world.  After Saul saw the Light he became one of the chosen apostles. What a permanent change in this man.  The Holy Spirit gave him a new way of life.  The New Testament is filled with his writings. Paul, himself tells us he saw the Light of God.  He became a God fearing believing     Spirit filled Christian.  What a drastic change for the old man Saul who thought Christians should be killed. Jesus and the Holy Spirit in his life made the difference.  If we used street talk one may say, Paul had been there and done that!

    Through the Word in the New Testament Paul confessed his sins.  He thought he should do things contrary to the name of Jesus Christ before his conversion.  Acts 26:9-I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.  10-Which things I also did in Jerusalem and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the CHIEF PRIESTS, and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.  Yes, One Face-Two Names. The writings of Paul are so important!  We’re so blessed that he saw the Light!

    In the History of time it’s easy to see and understand how Satan has tried to stop the Word of God.  The name of Jesus has been abused, misused, re-named, defamed and more adjectives I haven’t written down.  We can be certain that God’s Word will never be changed!  It’s forever settled in heaven and man’s wicked ways will never stop it.

    The old man Saul had done so much against Christians that he felt the least of the apostles after his conversion.  1 Corinthians15: 9-For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God .  His belief in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit changed this One Face With Two Names to One face and one name PAUL

    Paul (as Saul) had all the things by law performed on him by his parents but after he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ he counted it all loss for Christ. Phil. 3:6.  We may ask the question, why did he do so much against Christians?  The Word tells us he did it ignorantly in unbelief.  1 Timothy 1:13 - Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I found mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

    Betty Jean Robinson sings a song I love-Don’t Let The Door Of Mercy Close On You.  What a testimony we have in Paul. He found mercy in believing in Jesus Christ.  God made a place in his kingdom for one and all.  Read all about it in John 3:16

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