Read Acts 9
Conversion of Saul; Dorcas raised from the dead; visions of Peter and Cornelius; Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit
Saul of Tarsus was a sincere Pharisee, zealously determined to stamp out the followers of Jesus whom he considered religious blasphemers worthy of the death penalty. So he obtained letters from the high priest to go about 135 miles to Damascus in Syria to arrest Christians who had fled from Jerusalem He requested that if he found any of this Way (followers of Jesus), whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem (Acts 9:2) where they could be tried for heresy and then put to death.
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Three days later, the Lord spoke to Ananias, a disciple of Christ who lived in Damascus, saying to him: Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire . . . for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias (9:11-12).
Ananias replied to the Lord: I have heard . . . of . . . how much evil he hath done to Thy saints (followers) at
At about the same time, Peter also had a vision which caused him to realize that God is no respecter of persons (10:34). Speaking to Gentiles at the home of Cornelius, Peter declared: To Him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission (forgiveness) of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the Word (10:43-44) After they were filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter asked: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord (10:47-48). By one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body (I Corinthians 12:13,27).
10:1 centurion = a captain of an Italian troop; 10:3 ninth hour = 3 p.m, the usual hour of evening worship among the Jews.
Pray for Government Officials: Gov. Ernest Fletcher (KY), Secretary Norman Mineta (Department of Transportation), Sen. Jack Reed (RI), and Rep. Diane Watson (CA) · Country: Uganda (23 million) in eastern Africa · Major languages: English and Luganda · Religious freedom · 51% Roman Catholic; 30% Protestant; 10% animist; 7% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Lord to show you any sins that you are not aware of and to cleanse you of them (Psalm 19:12).
Memory Verse for the Week: James 1:22