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.
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