Many in the religious community
have long held the belief that Saul was saved on the road to Damascus
when he encountered the light from heaven.But it seems almost inconceivable that they overlook the words which
Jesus spoke to Saul: Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee
what thou must do” (Acts9:6)
The Lord’s plan in redeeming man
requires that man be the bearer of the gospel which saves (2 Corinthians 4:7), and that man be the one to baptize. Both an
angel of the Lord and the Holy Spirit guided Philip to the Ethiopian (Acts, 29).And in the conversion
of Saul, the Lord sent Ananias to Saul, instructing Ananias by means of a
vision (Acts 9:10ff).Since man, therefore, is a bearer of the
gospel, and administrator of the baptism which saves, Saul could not have been
saved on the road to Damascus since
he had not yet been baptized for the remission of sins (cf. Acts ).
Saul could not have been saved on
the road to Damascus because he
would have been saved in his sins.In Acts , Ananias told him to,
“Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the
Lord.”This statement was made after
Saul was led into the city and not while on the road!
It is a plain and simple fact that
Saul was saved in the same way we are today.Because he was an apostle, we know that he saw the Lord on the road to Damascus;
therefore we know that he had the faith that Jesus is the Christ.The repentance of sins was evident in that he
fasted for three days (Acts 9:9).He confessed the Lord and opened His heart to
do His will (Acts 9:6).And he was baptized to have his sins washed
away (Acts ).
Those who would have Saul saved on
the road to Damascus are trying to
teach a salvation in a manner different from that of Scripture.Once again we have the confirmation that we
cannot be saved without being baptized for the remissions of sins.