While Saul of Tarsus was on the road to Damascus, he was blinded by a light from heaven (Acts 9:1-9). During the time that Saul was blind, he saw a number of things that most people today don’t see. Let’s notice three things that Saul saw while blind.
1) That One Can Live In All Good Conscience And Be In Error. The trend in religion today seems to be, “just let your conscience be your guide.” Saul of Tarsus was guided by his conscience, but he was guided into error. Saul was a man who “made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and hailing men and women committed them to prison” (Acts 8:3). Tell Me Saul, did your conscience bother you while you persecuted the church? Saul said, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1). Many today may live in all good conscience in religious matters, but still be engaged in religious error.
2) That A Person Can Be Zealous In His Religion And Be Wrong. Saul revealed to the Galatians that he was a religious man (Gal. 1:13). But Saul was not your ordinary religious man. He was zealous in his religion! In Acts 22:3, Saul testified that he was “zealous toward God.” Furthermore, he announced to the brethren in Galatia, that he was “exceedingly zealous” (Gal. 1:14). The Bible teaches that zeal is essential if one is to please God (Tit. 2:14). Yet, some today may be in the same condition that Saul was in—“concerning zeal, persecuting the church” (Phil. 3:6). It takes more than just being zealous to be pleasing to God!
3) What A Man Must Do To Have His Sins Washed Away. While Saul lay trembling on the earth, he asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” The Lord answered, “Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do” (Acts 9:6). It must be recognized that whatever Saul was told to do, in the city, that it was imperative if he was to have his sins washed away. Saul was told, “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). Saul, while blind, saw that in order to have his sins washed away, he had to be baptized.
Saul of Tarsus saw these things while blind. Can you see them?
John Isaac Edwards