Jesus Christ



16. Couldn’t Jesus have appeared to Saul earlier to spare His disciples many sorrows and persecutions?



Of course, Jesus could have appeared to Saul and converted him earlier, but He did not because the time to appear to Saul had not yet come.

God revealed His Son in Saul of Tarsus at the appointed time, as Paul said to the Galatians: “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus” (Galatians 1:13-17). Particularly, I would like you to notice this expression “But when it pleased God …. to reveal his Son in me,” because that’s the key verse.