As Paul was describing his experience on the road to Damascus, he says in verse 18, that the Lord became much more specific about the ministry. He was calling Paul to “open their eyes’; to be God’s instrument to open the eyes of others (Jews and Gentiles) so that they can “turn from darkness to light” and “from the power of Satan to God.” These are pretty powerful descriptions of what salvation accomplishes, don’t you think? When God opens the eyes of those who are spiritually blind, they turn from darkness to light. Surely the “bright light” that Paul saw symbolized this. Paul’s ministry will also release men and women from the power of Satan, so they can serve God. Paul describes this great transformation in the second chapter of Ephesians:
Although you were dead in your transgressions and sins . . . God . . . made us alive together with Christ! . . . he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. This is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. Because we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them —Ephesians 2:1-10
Those whose eyes are opened, and whose lives have been turned around, have received the forgiveness of sins; and now share a life among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus. Through this ministry of the gospel, many will receive the forgiveness of their sins and will enter into fellowship with others who have placed their faith in Jesus. What a privilege this ministry is, and what a blessing it will be for those who are saved. Jesus said this to Paul, but I contend that we have the same calling. We are to go abour sharing the Gospel message, that Jesus died for our sins and we can live a transformed life—and sit with Him in Heavenly Places. Now does Paul’s audience wonder what keeps him going when his adversaries are constantly looking to kill him? Probably not, but it is the fact that he has been saved, and that he was given the privilege of sharing the good news of this salvation with others, that has become his motivation and desire.
If you have trusted in Christ, as Paul had, wouldn’t you agree that while we were called to faith in Jesus, at the same time, we were commissioned to take the gospel to others? Isn’t this our high calling, as well as Paul’s? Isn’t this what we were saved for? I wonder how well we are doing at what God saved us to do, and what He has commissioned us to do.
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