You’ve heard it said before, that truth is relative, but when you stop and think about that, what does it mean exactly? We have entered into a time in our world, where everything can mean whatever you want it to mean. Truth is whatever you want it to mean. There is no standard of truth any longer as far as society is concerned. The problem with that stance is, when you take away a standard of measure on which everything is weighed, you lose your foundation.
This is not a new thing in our world; this has been going on since the beginning. When we are talking about the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, we are talking about giving people as much information as possible then allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the way that He directs. We are having more and more problems with people picking and choosing what they share about the Gospel. The problem is, if you pick and choose what you share, something is going to get missed.
That is the exact thing that happened to Saul (Paul). You see before Paul was Paul, he was a zealous Jew, and he was very well educated.
1Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.
And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2Some devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. 3But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.
The thing about Saul was, he was very well trained by a teacher of Jewish law named Gamaliel. Saul was no dummy; you have to understand that he thought what he was doing was right with all the information he had and all that he had studied. Saul was so zealous for God with the information he had, he was going full tilt. He was so about what he was doing that he went to the high priests and asked for letters of permission (arrest warrants so to speak) to arrest people and drag them back to Jerusalem.
1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
The interesting part about this time is while Saul is on his way to Damascus to arrest people for being “part of the way” as scripture tells us (followers of Jesus Christ) is the encounter that he has.
5“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind and did not eat or drink anything.
10In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Once Paul encountered Jesus and he was given the full Gospel, he was just as zealous as he was before, the difference is now, he had the full truth. As I said before when you don’t have all the information you can’t possibly know the truth. People need the truth and we can’t be afraid to share the whole truth. We have spent more time worrying about offending people if we share the truth. Then we are worried about sharing the full truth and giving people the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t be afraid of sharing the Gospel. Many people are going through life with half-truth, but people don’t have to. God has given us all the information that we need, whether we listen or not, is totally up to us. Don’t go through life without the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Jesus loves you and wants to have a relationship with you, He loves you so much, He willingly gave his life for you and all you have to do is ask. He’s waiting with his arms open, waiting for you.
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism