“And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So, he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists,[f] but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.” Acts 9:26-30
Saul, the terrible, had persecuted the church beyond measure. The name Saul struck fear in many hearts. However, earlier in Acts 9, we read that Saul had been transformed by the grace of God. God then directs Saul to Jerusalem for validation to the saints.
In verse 26 we see that he was rejected by many because of who he used to be. Many had the right not to receive his testimony, however God was working behind the scenes to establish Saul as not only a true Christian, but to prepare and establish his apostleship to the church.
God’s method of validating Saul to the church was through him being threatened, persecuted, and even let down in a basket for his life’s sake (Acts 9:25). God’s method of trials, tribulations and persecutions are not popular from the human perspective, but it is a sure way of validation in God’s eyes and to the believers.
So, beloved saints, remember that persecution, tribulation, hardship and trials always establishes who we are in and to the body of Christ. So, continue to be all that God has called you to be, no matter what circumstances may come because it is God who is and will establish you through His grace.
Pastor Isaac Moscoso