How does Saul’s ministry differ from Peter’s in this chapter?
Notes (thoughts to remember, study, and include in lesson)
Acts 9:29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
A wonderful look at the context of multiplication: Persecution ended followed by: Act 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Saul must have been saved prior to the statement made by Ananias in Act 9:17 because Saul was called Brother and told to be filled with the Holy Ghost (Act 9:17). Further, the Lord’s explanation to Ananias implies that Saul was ready for ministry preparation and already a chosen vessel (Acts 9:15). Granted, God does choose from before the foundation of the world based on foreknowledge. Ananias’s words and laying of hands did not save Saul. At some point, Saul must have believed prior to Act 9:17. Saul was staying in the house of Judas for three days and praying (Act 9:9 & 11) and may have heard the Gospel there. The way it reads, it is likely that Saul was saved before meeting Ananias.
Paul began preaching straightway. A sense of urgency and zeal
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
The churches had rest after Paul was converted. He was the point man leading the charge against the church. With the rest came multiplication. Persecution hinders and slows the work of ministry. Pray for peace (1Tim 2:1-2).
The chapter signals a transition from Peter’s ministry of signs to the Jews to Paul’s ministry of strength and preaching to the Gentiles (29).