SAUL OF TARSUS
Saul of Tarsus
The conversion of Saul of Tarsus (later the Apostle Paul) is told in Acts, chapters 9, 22, and 26. Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians. On the way, he was struck blind. Christ appeared to him. He told Saul, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do " (Acts 9:6). He did as he was told. In Damascus, Ananias, a Christian, came to Saul. He told Saul what to do. "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16). What was Saul told to do? He was told to arise and be baptized. Why? To wash away his sins. Saul was not forgiven of his sins until he was baptized.