He was blinded to the truth, and spewed hatred at those who did not see “his truth.”
Saul thought he knew God, believing that he had an obligation and authority to protect the all powerful God.
On the way to protect God from the “heretics,” Saul was blinded and his eyes were opened.
“Who are you, Lord?” Acts 9:5 He recognized the one in front of him as Lord.
We must never forget that He is always Lord before He is a friend.
Without the realization that He is our Lord and beyond understanding, we can soon presume and move into the arrogance of a common friendship.
Like Paul and the disciples, we all need an encounter with Jesus that changes our beliefs about who He is.
“Who is this?" Mark 4:41
“Who is this man…” Luke 7:49; 8:25; 9:9
Even John who thought he knew Him intimately, was totally overcome with a new revelation of the Lord.
Without wonderment and awe we drift into a relationship that lacks a deep sense of reverence.
The mystery of Jesus is too large for us to even begin to understand. We will never know who He truly is and what He did on our behalf.
It is all His initiative. (2Corinthians 5:18)
As we seek Him more and more, that question has to arise in us, “Who are you, Lord?”