Ananias Baptizes Saul

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”

And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”

11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. — Acts 9:10-19.

The Lord appears to Ananias, a certain disciple at Damascus in a vision, and tells him to go to the street called Straight to the house of Judas and inquire for Saul of Tarsus. Saul is praying. In a vision he sees Ananias restoring his sight.

Ananias tells the Lord about how Saul has harmed the saints in Jerusalem and has the authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on His name.

But the Lord tells him that Saul is His chosen vessel to bear His name before Gentiles, kings, and the Jews.

Ananias goes to Judas’ house and lays his hands on Saul and tells him that the Lord Jesus has sent him to restore his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately Saul receives his sight and is baptized.

He breaks his fast and is strengthened. He spends some days with the disciples at Damascus.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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