When Was The Apostle Paul (The Apostle to the Gentiles) Saved?

Paul’s conversion is one of the best known and miraculous conversions: He was on his way down to Damascus to persecute Christians when the risen Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him on the road and said, ” Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me”? and Saul asked, who are thou, Lord? and the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. and he trembling and astonished said Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Following this, Paul was blinded and his friends led him to Damascus. There he fasted and prayed (which was a common Jewish custom) until the Lord sent Ananias, a believer, to place his hands on Paul so that he might see again and receive the Holy Spirit. Immediately as Ananias did so, something like scales fell from Paul’s eyes and he could see again (read of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9:1-19).

Saul (Paul) was saved the moment he acknowledge Jesus as Lord, and the second he submitted to the Lord’s command: “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do. Paul received his baptism by a man, Ananias, (Acts 9:18) three days later. The risen Lord intervened without any believer present; there was no preacher; it was just Christ and Paul.

In Acts 26:17 the Lord told Paul “delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee”. Only those who are saved are sent.

It is necessary to note that Paul was baptized after he has shown the evidence of repentance, faith, obedience, and prayer as proof of his conversion. All of these were present in Paul before he was baptized. Paul makes it clear how he himself received cleansing: Acts 26:18 says “to open their eyes (Gentiles) and to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me (Jesus)”. Paul clearly points out (as well as other scriptures) that trusting the Lord Jesus for the removal of sins was done through faith, not baptism.

I believe that the scriptures are clear that Paul received salvation and his commission on the road to Damascus.

May the Lord add a blessing to this study.



  1. In which work of ancient literature do we first find this expression: “…kick against the goads”? If you said the Bible, in which Jesus appears to Paul on the Damascus Road, you would be wrong.

    This expression was first used in a book of Greek mythology, “The Bacchae”, written by Euripides in circa 475 BC. The expression occurred in a fictional conversation between the god/man, Dionysus, and the king of Thebes, his persecutor.

    Isn’t it odd that Jesus would borrow an expression from Greek mythology in his appearance to the self-proclaimed “Thirteenth Apostle”?

    1. First of all, there is nowhere in Scripture where Paul is identified as the thirteenth apostle nor is there anywhere in Scripture where Paul claims to be the thirteenth apostle. The Bible is clear that Paul was called separate and apart from the twelve apostles. Scripture identified Paul as the apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13) whereas the twelve is the apostles to the Jews.

      Jesus never claimed to be the first one to use this expression. This was a common used term not only in Greek Mythology, but it was an expression used in Latin writings.
      Jesus who was all knowing, all powerful would not have to borrow an expression from Greek mythology. If Euripides used this term, it was God who gave it to him. Jesus who is the creator of all things (except sin), simply used the expression that He established before the beginning of time to make a point about the conversion of the Apostle Paul. Anybody who worked in the farming occupation would be familiar with this expression.

      Jesus used many expressions that were used before the beginning of His earthly ministry. So the fact that Christ used an expression used by Euripides does not negate who He claims to be and that is God Himself.

      1. Well stated my brother.
        God/ Jesus does not have to borrow anything from anyone, all things were created by Him and for Him. It is preposterous to say that Jesus borrowed anything from anyone, especially from Greek mythology. Scripture should be reason with scripture, not Greek mythology. Test the spirit to see of which it is…I believe we know of which spirit this comment has been hurled from. The apostle Paul, the Apostle to the GENTILES, has never called himself, nor has he ever been referred to in scripture as the thirteenth apostle. His message was clearly NOT the same as the twelve. I would urge the writer of this comment to diligently read Paul’s epistles, and prayer that he would be enlightened by the Holy Spirit unto SALVATION and scriptural clarity.

  2. Grace and Peace everyone glad to see the Gospel of the Grace of God going forth on another page. I look forward to what’s next on the this site and among the likeminded saints fellowshipping in here together ..

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