The light of glorious grace (Acts 9-10)

Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. Acts 9:3

Each morning I have the same routine of getting up be the light of day.  It is always amazing to me how I am very good at walking in the dark.  I hardly ever use a light because I have gotten used to things in the dark.

This morning I was challenged as I read Dr. Luke’s account of Paul’s encounter with the light.  As I read the familiar story I could picture Paul ridding down the dusty Damascus road with a group of hired assassins.  The KJV says, “As they were on their way.”

In this moment, instead of God striking Paul for his disobedience and evil against Him, he shines upon him the glorious light of grace.  As I pictured the scene the reality came, “This is what God did for my life.”  Think it through:

I.  God gave glorious grace to one who hated His Son, Vs: 4.

II.  God have glorious grace to one who was blind to the truth, Vs: 9.

III.  God have glorious grace to the one He chose for a great work, Vs: 15.

This grace freed Paul from the wrath of God, filled him with the Spirit of God, and favored him to the work of God.  This is so amazing to me.  The light of glorious grace worked immediately in Paul’s life:

  • The scales fell off
  • He was baptized
  • He immediately began to witness for Christ
  • There was a shocking change
  • He immediately faced persecution.

When the light came on, everything changed.  Oh my friends, “I want to have this kind of light in my life.”  I want to daily long for and to live in the light!!!

If you have gotten used to the darkness of this world and have been as I , functioning in the dark, settling for less than the light, come to the light and watch God do amazing things in your life.

In Acts 10 we see the light becoming so bright that even the Gentiles were given life, Acts 10:43

43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

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