Acts Chapter 9
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17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
The conversion of Saul. (1-9) Saul converted preaches Christ. (10-22) Saul is persecuted at Damascus, and goes to Jerusalem. (23-31) Cure of Eneas. (32-35) Dorcas raised to life. (36-43)1-9 So ill informed was Saul, that he thought he ought to do all he could against the name of Christ, and that he did God service thereby; he seemed to breathe in this as in his element. Let us not despair of renewing grace for the conversion of the greatest sinners, nor let such despair of the pardoning mercy of God for the greatest sin. It is a signal token of Divine favour, if God, by the inward working of his grace, or the outward events of his providence, stops us from prosecuting or executing sinful purposes. Saul saw that Just One, ch. #22:14; 26:13|. How near to us is the unseen world! It is but for God to draw aside the veil, and objects are presented to the view, compared with which, whatever is most admired on earth is mean and contemptible. Saul submitted without reserve, desirous to know what the Lord Jesus would have him to do. Christ's discoveries of himself to poor souls are humbling; they lay them very low, in mean thoughts of themselves. For three days Saul took no food, and it pleased God to leave him for that time without relief. His sins were now set in order before him; he was in the dark concerning his own spiritual state, and wounded in spirit for sin. When a sinner is brought to a proper sense of his own state and conduct, he will cast himself wholly on the mercy of the Saviour, asking what he would have him to do. God will direct the humbled sinner, and though he does not often bring transgressors to joy and peace in believing, without sorrows and distress of conscience, under which the soul is deeply engaged as to eternal things, yet happy are those who sow in tears, for they shall reap in joy.
10-22 A good work was begun in Saul, when he was brought to Christ's feet with those words, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And never did Christ leave any who were brought to that. Behold, the proud Pharisee, the unmerciful oppressor, the daring blasphemer, prayeth! And thus it is even now, and with the proud infidel, or the abandoned sinner. What happy tidings are these to all who understand the nature and power of prayer, of such prayer as the humbled sinner presents for the blessings of free salvation! Now he began to pray after another manner than he had done; before, he said his prayers, now, he prayed them. Regenerating grace sets people on praying; you may as well find a living man without breath, as a living Christian without prayer. Yet even eminent disciples, like Ananias, sometimes stagger at the commands of the Lord. But it is the Lord's glory to surpass our scanty expectations, and show that those are vessels of his mercy whom we are apt to consider as objects of his vengeance. The teaching of the Holy Spirit takes away the scales of ignorance and pride from the understanding; then the sinner becomes a new creature, and endeavours to recommend the anointed Saviour, the Son of God, to his former companions.
23-31 When we enter into the way of God, we must look for trials; but the Lord knows how to deliver the godly, and will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape. Though Saul's conversion was and is a proof of the truth of Christianity, yet it could not, of itself, convert one soul at enmity with the truth; for nothing can produce true faith, but that power which new-creates the heart. Believers are apt to be too suspicious of those against whom they have prejudices. The world is full of deceit, and it is necessary to be cautious, but we must exercise charity, #1Co 13:5|. The Lord will clear up the characters of true believers; and he will bring them to his people, and often gives them opportunities of bearing testimony to his truth, before those who once witnessed their hatred to it. Christ now appeared to Saul, and ordered him to go quickly out of Jerusalem, for he must be sent to the Gentiles: see ch. #22:21|. Christ's witnesses cannot be slain till they have finished their testimony. The persecutions were stayed. The professors of the gospel walked uprightly, and enjoyed much comfort from the Holy Ghost, in the hope and peace of the gospel, and others were won over to them. They lived upon the comfort of the Holy Ghost, not only in the days of trouble and affliction, but in days of rest and prosperity. Those are most likely to walk cheerfully, who walk circumspectly.
32-35 Christians are saints, or holy people; not only the eminent ones, as Saint Peter and Saint Paul, but every sincere professor of the faith of Christ. Christ chose patients whose diseases were incurable in the course of nature, to show how desperate was the case of fallen mankind. When we were wholly without strength, as this poor man, he sent his word to heal us. Peter does not pretend to heal by any power of his own, but directs Eneas to look up to Christ for help. Let none say, that because it is Christ, who, by the power of his grace, works all our works in us, therefore we have no work, no duty to do; for though Jesus Christ makes thee whole, yet thou must arise, and use the power he gives thee.
36-43 Many are full of good words, who are empty and barren in good works; but Tabitha was a great doer, no great talker. Christians who have not property to give in charity, may yet be able to do acts of charity, working with their hands, or walking with their feet, for the good of others. Those are certainly best praised whose own works praise them, whether the words of others do so or not. But such are ungrateful indeed, who have kindness shown them, and will not acknowledge it, by showing the kindness that is done them. While we live upon the fulness of Christ for our whole salvation, we should desire to be full of good works, for the honour of his name, and for the benefit of his saints. Such characters as Dorcas are useful where they dwell, as showing the excellency of the word of truth by their lives. How mean then the cares of the numerous females who seek no distinction but outward decoration, and who waste their lives in the trifling pursuits of dress and vanity! Power went along with the word, and Dorcas came to life. Thus in the raising of dead souls to spiritual life, the first sign of life is the opening of the eyes of the mind. Here we see that the Lord can make up every loss; that he overrules every event for the good of those who trust in him, and for the glory of his name.
Lyle Short's Acts Chapter 9 comment on 3/27/2013, 10:48am...
This is where the Christian church began. Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles and the first member of Christ's body. But I know that from reading the rest of the Bible.
Archange's Acts Chapter 9 comment about verse 16 on 3/11/2013, 2:41pm...
I want to understand more of this verse, please.
PREACHER ISIAH MATTHEWS's Acts Chapter 9 comment on 2/25/2013, 11:58am...
The word is telling me when we are up to no good, God still love us. Saul had a troubled mind. He believed in God and not in Jesus, so we see what people can do when they don’t believe in Jesus and only God. They will put God's people in prison, kill God's people thinking that they are doing God's will. So we see and know that Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus knows how to bring us to him and the father in so many ways, because he knows how to catch a fish. We in so many ways know how to catch fish to eat, thank God for saving Saul and Isaiah and all that call on the name of Jesus. Maybe advise Oprah and all those who believe that there are other ways to God that there is no other way to God except through Jesus Christ.
Rev. Spyridon's Acts Chapter 9 comment about verse 5 on 2/06/2012, 5:53pm...
Acts 9:5 considered a strong message to all who think that, they can deal against the divine will, to all who they deal against the divine truth, a strong message to all who feel weakness, to all who are hesitant.
to Hypocrites, to the blind leaders, to all who trade in the soul and the humanity under the name of the church or through pretense by false faith.
Susan Dalton's Acts Chapter 9 comment on 9/21/2011, 3:14pm...
What does Jesus think of Paul? "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake." Acts 9:15-16.(Acts 9:1-31.
Teresa Murray's Acts Chapter 9 comment on 7/30/2011, 10:31pm...
My opinion of Acts 9 is that of "faith". These scriptures talk in references to having faith in Jesus christ. If you surrender your life, heart, mind, soul, spirit, and body to Christ he is faithful to fullfill your requests and desires as they fit in his plans for your life. Jesus raised Tabitha from the dead, just as he made the paralytic to walk. God is no respector of persons he not only brought Tabitha back from the grave but he in fact brought Lazareth back from the dead. God is revealing himself to his disciples as well as the people surrounding them believer and non-believers alike. Just as Christ did in those days, he too will raise one from the grave if it is his desire. Jesus' grace and mercy did not start or stop in the book of Acts. The bible tells us about all the Christ did while he reined on Earth. After being betrayed by the "kiss of Judas". Jesus was raised from the dead and came back to make a way for me and you to be saved...I am a sinner saved by grace. Thank you Jesus that you loved me this much (my arms spread wide)
Taylor's Acts Chapter 9 comment on 4/14/2010, 4:09pm...
I think it tells me more.
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