Men of the Bible: Apostle Paul
Saul stood by holding the coats while his minions
stoned the first Christian martyr, Stephen.
Paul was originally Saul a Jewish Pharisee (not the king, but the persecutor of Christians who lived a thousand years later).
He became Paul the Apostle after having a supernatural and powerful encounter with the invisible Jesus on the road to Damascus - he could only hear Him.
Paul was instructed about Jesus by the apostles and became a powerhouse believer and leader in the early church. He was instructed to 'go to the Gentiles' bridging the gap between Jews and Gentiles by demonstrating the way to Jesus forgiveness and salvation was open to anyone, regardless of ancestry.
Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord Jesus, went unto the high priest, desiring of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. As he journeyed coming near Damascus: suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: He fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
Saul said, "Who art thou, Lord?"
And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."
Saul trembling and astonished said, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
The Lord said, "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
Salvation? Luke 13:3; Titus 2:13, Revelation 19:11
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