Paul’s Salvation Experience
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
And he 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.
If you read this verse literally, you will assume Paul was having encounter with Christ for the first time the day he had that encounter. Meanwhile, critical study of Paul’s question and the answer he gave shows that he knew about Jesus, his message and probably felt within himself before that was calling him into salvation but hardened his heart towards the convictions.
Firstly, why did Paul not mention any other name except Jesus which means Lord. He has possibly seen Peter and other apostles before, why didn’t he ask if it was any of the apostles that was talking to him?
He didn’task, “is that Peter or James? Why Lord? There is something going on already in Paul’s life he was trying to dodge. The Lord probably has tried to reveal himself to him but resisted through unbelief.
Or Since he was there when Stephen died, why didn’t he think that Stephen possibly has come back?
Paul asked the question, who are thou? He also responded to the question himself. Nobody crosses his mind at the time but Christ. He must have been battling with the leading and convictions by the Holy Spirit but refused to yield and wonder if the gospel could ever be true.
Please note this:
*it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.*
Notice the word pricks. What is pricks? It is from the Greek word “kentron” Which means “a sting” and figuratively a divine impulse.
If we go by divine impulse. It means Paul already had divine signal but didn’t obey it. There was gentle push by God towards Paul already but he never cared to follow up. Jesus told him it’s hard for you to neglect divine signal.
Jesus was actually saying, it is hard for you to pretend as if you don’t know that I am the one who has been talking to you all these while. Jesus was saying to him “you can’t pretend as if you don’t know I have been talking to you that I am the saviour and the gospel is true.
Paul next statement was “what would you have me to do”?
How else can a man surrender to Christ? That was why there was no need to say salvation prayer one after the other again. He has already asked “are you Lord? Jesus said yes and Paul replied okay I surrender, what now do you want me to do sir?
When a man surrender all, he will do anything for show his total commitment. How committed you are?
Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla