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From Christian Hunter To Hunted Christian
Prior to his conversion (see The Cure For The Carnal Mind), to say that Saul disliked Christians would be a gross understatement. Saul was a persecutor and killer of Christians.
"7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit [see Giving Up The Ghost]. 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep [see What Happens When You Die?]. 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death" (Acts 7:59-60,8:1 KJV)
But one day, while on one of his Satanic journeys (i.e. "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" Revelation 12:9 KJV and "the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" Revelation 12:17 KJV), Saul was transformed into one of the people that he thought, because he was misled and deceived ("4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart" Ephesians 4:18 KJV), he so fiercely hated. It was Jesus Christ Himself that struck Saul down to open his eyes (see also When Their Eyes Were Opened).
"9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
"When Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him"
In Damascus, Saul was given to recover, by means of the Holy Spirit. For the first time in his life, Saul was able to see the world as it really was. The former Christ-hater began to preach the Truth of Christ.
"9:17 And Ananias [see Ananias The Disciple] went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with The Holy Ghost. 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized [see Baptism; also The Origin of Baptism and Baptism Of Fire]. 9:19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.
One of the most glaring differences between true Christians and everyone else is that true Christians do not persecute others for their religion (or anything else), let alone murder people over religion (Christians may only take life in lawful defense of life; The Commandment is to not commit murder; see Thou shalt not kill). True Christians understand that nothing other than the Holy Spirit, which only God will give at the time of His choosing, can enable people to live a proper Godly life. Unfortunately, the religions of this world do not recognize that reality. Not long after Saul's conversion, he went from being a Christian-hunter to a hunted Christian.
"9:23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. 9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket." (Acts 9:23-25 KJV)
Saul escaped from Damascus and returned to Jerusalem where Christ's people were amazed, and not a little afraid at first, to see that Saul had experienced such a miraculous transformation. The man that had not long ago tortured and killed Christians now wanted to be accepted within them. It wasn't long after that the Christians saw that Saul really was one of them - the Christian-haters of the city tried to kill Saul, who was forced to flee Jerusalem just as he had fled from Damascus.
"9:26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 9:28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 9:29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 9:30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus." (Acts 9:26-30 KJV)
The spectacle of Saul's conversion was a great encouragement to the Church of God.
"9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." (Acts 9:31 KJV)
Fact Finder: Saul later became known as Paul. How did Paul serve The Lord after his conversion?