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.