So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.
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, but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
The name of Jesus, so powerful and so feared brings life and healing, conflict and havoc. Saul lost the blindness of his soul and his eyes. The effect was an immediate response on his part to share the name of Jesus, the very practice he had fought. Change? Yes, from an encounter with Jesus and the freedom from the bondage of mankind’s tyranny and traditions. This change was the work of the Holy Spirit and spread throughout the region. The fellowship of believers grew through the power of the Holy Spirit. Saul did not make the difference, the name of Jesus spoken by Saul made the difference. We, alone and of ourselves, do not make the difference, but we can and will make a difference when we move in the power of the Holy Spirit. …”And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.”… As we allow the Lord to lead, as we continue living according to His commands and words, we will see the same results. Walk in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit today and everyday.