Question: Didn't Paul spend some time in the wilderness after his conversion on the Damascus road? If so where is the scripture for it? It seems I have read it or heard it one...I want to be sure. Thanks Answer: Paul, traveling from Jerusalem to Damascus, carried "letters" from the High Priest. These letters were addressed to synagogues in Damascus; they gave Paul the authority, as agent of the Sanhedrin, to carry out the Inquisition of Christian Jews. These letters would be recognized by the Jews in Damascus, allowing Paul freedom to find, bind, and take back to Jerusalem any individuals he found in Damascus "of this way" (cf. Acts 9:1, 2; 22:4, 5; 26:10-12). Paul though was converted enroute to Damascus through Christ's appearance to him. (keyword Paul’s use of the word Lord). Following his immersion in and being filled with the Spirit, he spent some days with the Christians he had come to Damascus to persecute.. Then, he went to the synagogues in Damascus, to proclaim that he himself had come to realize that Jesus was the Son of God, the very Christ (Acts 9:1-22). This amazed those who heard him, for they knew what he had been doing and the intent of his journey from Jerusalem to Damascus in the first place. Because of his conversion and was zeal, the Jews in Damascus "took counsel to kill him" (vv. 20-23). Ulike Stephen's ministry which had an untimely end following his preaching, the Lord had further plans for Paul. Some Christians in Damascus lowered Paul over the city wall in a basket (since the city gates were guarded), and Paul traveled to Jerusalem and sought to "join himself to the disciples" there. But until Barnabas' intervened the Christians in Jerusalem were afraid of him (vv. 24-27). Afterward, Paul spoke "boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus" in Jerusalem, resulting in some Christians in the city having to take him to Caesarea and then on to Tarsus, outside the land of Israel (vv. 28-30). It was after this the Lord led Paul into Arabia and personally taught him over a period lasting possibly as long as three years the message which he was to carry to the Gentiles (Gal. 1:11-19) Notice in Acts that Paul is conspicuously absent from verse thirty of chapter nine to verse twenty-five of chapter eleven. This period covers several years with events occurring during this period open the way for Paul to be reintroduced and begin the ministry to which he had been called. During the period of his absence, the groundwork was laid for the massive evangelization of the Gentiles (10:1ff). Once Paul had been instructed of the Lord his message ‘only’ needed to be delivered. He is reintroduced in the book and replaces Peter as the central person in the early Church through whom God would then continue His work (13:2ff). See Ephesians 3:1-11 & Colossians 1:20-29]. – The commission from the desert period & mystery knowledge imparted.
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