1. 34 AD- On Damascus Road Paul was met by Jesus and 3 days later saved – Acts 9:3-17
Paul spent 3 years in Arabia studying the Old Testament and being instructed by the Holy Spirit before meeting with Peter and James in Jerusalem in 37 AD. AA
- 37 AD – In Jerusalem – Acts 22:17-21, 18 and I saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’ 21 And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’
- 51 AD – In Corinth – Acts 18:9-10 9 And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;10 for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.”
- 59 AD – In Jerusalem – Acts 23:11 But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”
These direct appearances of Jesus were important for Paul. By 59 AD only 7 books of the New Testament had been written, six by Paul and the book of James. The early Disciples had access to the Old Testament scrolls, but they were limited in number. Jesus said the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you“. A
Paul was in Jerusalem in 59 AD and what Jesus said confirmed that he was right to come Jerusalem from the 3rd missionary journey even though persecution was the immediate result. Jesus said “take courage…you must witness at Rome also” [v.11c above]. What a comfort to Paul.
Today’s disciples have the entire Word of God C in immense quantities along with commentaries available in print and on the internet, the Holy Spirit D and the mind of Jesus. E
Are you comforted – no matter what your circumstances are – by the continual presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in you and the Word for daily spiritual growth.
Henry Luke 2/20/2018
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