|Acts 9:3-5 |
3 Now as he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven shined around him.
4 And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
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 have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. As Paul said: all who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will 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 — killed and persecuted by Episcopalians, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Congregationalist Puritans. See Persecutions for More.