Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Saul become Paul

In a previous post I said that God doesn't come down to earth when evil is a foot because man was created with a free choice .but I did say when Stephen was martyred he saw Jesus standing ready to come to Stephens aid if there was a need. History approximates Stephen's story around A.D. 34-35, shortly after Jesus' crucifixion[citation needed]. According to Chapter 6 of The Acts of the Apostles, Stephen was among seven men of the early church at Jerusalem appointed to serve as deacon. However, after a dispute with the members of a synagogue of "Roman Freedmen," he is denounced for blasphemy against God and Moses (Acts 6:11) and speaking against the Temple and the Law. Stephen is tried before the Sanhedrin. His defense is presented as accusing the Jews of persecuting the prophets who had spoken out against the sins of the nation: "Which one of the Prophets did your fathers not persecute, and they killed the ones who prophesied the coming of the Just One, of whom now, too, you have become betrayers and murderers." (7:52) While on trial, he experienced a theophany in which he saw both God the Father and God the Son: "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." (Acts 7:56) This vision of Christ standing differs from other Scripture which indicates Jesus sits at the right hand of God - perhaps implying that Christ stood in honor of Stephen whose martyrdom was near. He is condemned and stoned to death by an infuriated mob, which is encouraged by Saul of Tarsus, later to be known as Saint Paul the Apostle. After his own conversion to Christianity, Paul makes reference to witnessing Stephen's martyrdom in his writings.[4] The one thing to be called to our attention in these Scripture is that the men who threw the stones that killed Stephen threw their coats at the feet of one called Saul. Saul was struck blind on the road while searching for more Christians to kill and when he received his sight he became PAUL, the man who did more than any other. to spread the Scripture across the world. So it might be said when God dips his hands in our world he created a might force

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