The Heavenly Vision   2 comments

Michelangelo_Merisi_da_Caravaggio_-_The_Conversion_of_St._Paul_-_WGA04135

Above:  The Conversion of Saint Paul, by Caravaggio

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Acts 26, 19

1.  Paul’s vision revealed to him

(a)  God’s holiness,

(b)  his own sinfulness in His light, and

(c)  God’s demand for obedience as the course of righteousness.

2.  His works imply the possibility of disobedience.  He could have resisted, but he obeyed willingly.  Yet he was “chosen” (ch. 9, 15) and was “constrained” (2 Cor. 5, 14).  Men are not obliged to obey.  “Ye do always resist.”  Hence ours the greater sin, because [we are] responsible for our own fate.

Yet none dare disobey, at the peril of his soul.

3.  His commands are not grievous; He enjoins only what is actually good for us.  He seeks to do us great good and that only.  His commands are Signboards to and along the only road to life eternal.  Will you obey?

4.  When we yield to Him as did Paul, light, joy and life quicken and thrill the soul.  The whole man is revolutionized.  Man becoming a new creature, Saul now becomes Paul.  Will you not obey and live?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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