“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future,” Oscar Wilde.
And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying,”Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin!”
As for Saul, Stephens prosecutor, he continued his determination to crate havoc among the followers of Jesus Christ. Dragging men and women out of their houses and imprisoning them.
Saul had gained permission form the authorities to continue his brutal campaign to put an end to the Christian threat to his religion and government.
As he traveled to execute his orders, suddenly he was tossed to the ground. And a voice called to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Saul asked, “Who are you?” The voice responded, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting!”
So Saul trembling and astonished asked, “What do you want from me?” The voice said, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Finally Saul picked himself up from the ground. Only to discover that he had been blinded. Saul, and his escort traveled three days to the city of Damascus.
Now in that city there was a follower of Jesus named Ananias. Jesus gave him these instructions. “Arise and go to the street named Straight, and inquire at he house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus. You will find him praying.
And in response to his praying, Saul was given a vision. Seeing Ananias putting his hands on him, so that he might receive his sight.
Ananias was astonished! “Lord I have heard from many about this man. How much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And he has new orders, to arrest everyone associated with you.”
Jesus responded, “Go for he is a chosen person of Mine to bear My name to all people and their governments. Furthermore. I will show him the many things he will suffer for My names sake.”
There we have an example of every saint having a past and every sinner having a stunning recovery.
For a more detailed accounting of this discussion read Acts chapters eight and nine.
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