So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” Acts 9:17-20
Acts 9 details a great turning point in the history of the church. Nor is it exaggerating to say a turning point in the history of the world. In Acts 9 we see the wonderful grace of the Trinity in the radical transformation of Saul of Tarsus. The one seeking prisoners was apprehended. The one persecuting was conquered.
Acts 9 concentrates on the work of Jesus in the life of Saul. It was Jesus who confronted Saul on the road to Damascus (9:4-5). It was Jesus who commanded Saul to wait (9:6). It was Jesus who appeared to Ananias in a vision and gave instruction concerning Saul (9:10-16). Yet the transformation of Saul was not the work of Jesus alone.
Jesus sent Ananias to Saul that he might be healed and “be filled with the Holy Spirit” (9:17). Jesus not only pours out the Spirit impersonally on his church (Acts 2:32-33), but also on individual members of his church. After Saul’s healing and filling, he “immediately proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God’” (9:20). Saul goes from asking in fear, “Who are you, Lord?” to proclaiming with boldness, “He is the Son of God.” The identity of Jesus is seen in his relationship to his Father: God.
In Genesis, the Trinity makes all things. Now all things are being made new. The Trinity transforms you…radically.