If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?
In Acts chapter number nine, Saul of Tarsus is on a dubious mission; he is headed to Damascus to arrest and condemn people who have identified with the way of Jesus Christ. As he was on his way, he came face-to-face with the Lord Jesus. To Him was revealed that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Messiah that was prophesied in the Old Testament. It was this revelation that led Saul to personal faith in Jesus Christ.
In chapter nine of Acts we see four identifying marks of Bible salvation found in Paul’s conversion story:
The Bible says in verse six, “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” Upon salvation, the ownership of our lives changes. We belong to God. Saul from this point on refers to himself as the “servant of Jesus Christ.”
The Bible says in verse ten, “And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, names Ananaias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. and he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus; for, behold, he prayeth.”
These are stirring words in context. He prayeth! He prayeth to the God of Heaven, whom he resisted and sought to destroy only days before.
The spirit of prayer is a flag of surrender that states, “I need the help of the Lord.”
3. Church Membership
The Bible says in verse twenty-six, “And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples.”
Thirdly, he found disciples and sought to join them. The impulse to join with fellow believers and worship Christ with them was instant. It says little of someone’s conversion when they never seek to darken the doors of a church again.
Verse twenty-nine says, “And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus.” He could not hold it in! He had to speak of what Christ had done for him!
Quite simply, these are four identifying marks in the conversion of Saul. Have they identified your conversion? Can you empathize with the words of Paul, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, HE IS A NEW CREATURE!” (II Cor. 5:17).