17 “So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19 and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus” (Acts 9:17-19).
Whatever misgivings Ananias may have had regarding the Lord’s directive for him to go the Judas’ house and minister to Saul of Tarsus, they gave way to obedience. Ananias departed from where he was when the Lord visited him and entered Judas’ house on Straight Street in Damascus (Acts 9:10-11). It was there that Ananias laid his hands on Saul, fulfilling the vision the Lord had given Saul regarding how and when he would regain his eyesight (Acts 9:12).
At that precise moment, Ananias said to Saul, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Take notice of five truths Ananias affirmed in his statement.
First, Ananias called Saul his brother. This is an obvious reference to Saul and Ananias being brothers in Christ. This affirms the truth that Saul was already converted.
Second, Ananias affirmed that the person Saul encountered on the Damascus Road was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. This Jesus who appeared to Saul was the same Jesus who directed Ananias to come to Saul.
Third, Ananias affirmed that Jesus Christ was God. He did so by using the Greek term Lord. This title means master, ruler, and sovereign one.
Fourth, Ananias affirmed that Saul would receive his sight. This demonstrated the Lord’s sovereignty over the circumstances of life. Luke would go on to say that something like a thin layer of skin fell from Saul’s eyes and he regained his eyesight (Acts 9:18).
Fifth, Ananias affirmed that Saul would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit clearly followed Saul’s conversion (cf. 4:8, 31; Eph. 5:18).
Paul recalled that Ananias also said, “The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:14-16).
Saul immediately followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. Following this, he began for the first time in several days to begin eating. This increased his physical strength. Saul would remain for some time with Jesus’ disciples in Damascus.
There have been few conversions as striking as Saul’s. True conversion, however, need not be theatrical to be authentic. Think back upon your conversion. Thank God for justifying you by grace alone, through faith alone, and in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone. Consider how or if you have suffered for Him in His service.
Soli deo Gloria!