Dr. Randy White
“And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ “And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’” (Acts 22:7–8,)
When Paul was under arrest in Jerusalem, toward the end of his ministry, he was given opportunity to share with his Hebrew brothers about his conversion experience. Paul said that, upon seeing the bright light on the road to Damascus, and hearing the voice from Heaven, he asked a question. This question seems almost redundant to our modern mind: Who are You, Lord? It is almost like someone asking me, Who are you, Randy?
Paul’s question is really of another sort, however. Paul is saying, “I know this is a voice from God—it is the voice of the Lord—but I cannot comprehend how Almighty God can speak to me, so this must be the Messiah. Who are you, Messiah?” And the answer comes, “I am Jesus the Nazarene.”
The Messiah gave a simple command for Paul, which He obeyed. In obedience, Paul was accepting the appointment God had for his life as the Apostle to the Gentiles.
This was just the first of what would be many revelations by God to Paul, who became the special servant of God to whom God would reveal the “mystery” which we call the church.
My conversion experience, and yours, was not as dramatic. I’ve never heard an audible voice from Jesus Christ. I will, someday! I will hear His voice when the angel gives the shout and the trumpet sounds and we meet the Lord in the air. Until then, I have His words securely given in the words of the Bible, as given to Paul and other men used of God for this special task. My task may not be as dramatic, but my obedience needs to be as sure.
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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