|Acts 26:13-15 |
13 At midday when I was on the road, O king, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who traveled with me.
14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks of your conscience,' [trying to warn you to stop your murderous persecutions].
15 And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And he said, 'I am Jesus whom you persecute.1
1 Notice, Jesus said that Paul's persecutions of believers, was persecuting Jesus himself: As you have done so to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done so to me. And we know from history, that wherever Jesus appears in Spirit within his true believers, those believers are persecuted. As Jesus said: if they persecuted me, they will persecute you. As Paul said: all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. So here is a test of a true believer in Christ, possessing his Spirit in sufficient measure, that the worldly religious people will hate, persecute, and even kill the true Christians. This occurred in the Early Church; it also occurred with the Early Quakers, who suffered over 900 dead, thirteen thousand imprisoned, tens of thousands having property seized as spoils, and two hundred sent to slavery. See Persecutions for More.