‘And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?’
‘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.’ And he trembling and astonished said ‘Lord what will thou have me to do?’ And the Lord said unto him ‘arise and go into the city and it shall be told thee what thou must do.’
Daybreak in the soul – that’s my title tonight; the light of God in a soul. Not a flash, not just an enlightening, but a light from Heaven into the soul. This is what is happening with the conversion of Paul. Now three times in the book of Acts we are given an account of the conversion of Saul who later will be called Paul. Three times here in Acts chapter 9, in Acts chapter 22 and in Acts chapter 26, and in total in the New Testament six to seven times, he gives us his testimony – in Galatians and in the pastoral letters. Now by far this is the most influential man in this world for the last two thousand years.
In Acts chapters 8, 9 and 10 there are also three conversions, and those three men are representative of three continents. In Acts chapter 8, Africa – the Ethiopian eunuch; in Acts chapter 10 – the European centurion, Cornelius; and caught in between Acts chapter 8 and Acts chapter 10 you have the conversion of a Jew in Acts chapter 9, and that is Paul (or if you prefer, Saul as he was called before his conversion). He is a Jew by birth, he is Greek by education, and he is Roman by citizenship so this is again a great man and this is the man God is going to move.