Saul/Paul was a religious man in his fathers’ religion…..being exceedingly zealous of the traditions (transmissions) of his fathers. Many today are zealous for their church fathers’ teachings which have been passed down through generations. Yet, their “traditions” do not save any flesh of men for all have perished without the life of Jesus being made manifest in the mortal flesh of their church attendees. Those who are preaching their fathers’ transmissions are “persecuting the church of God and wasting it”….for none of the doctrines and commandments of men are saving the FLESH of any of those who follow them. The life of Jesus is not being made MANIFEST in the mortal flesh of those who are being led astray from the commandment to have love for one another. We can not live in the denominations of men where there is envy and strife and every evil work. Galatians 1:13-16 KJV (13) For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: (14) And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But by the calling of HIS ABUNDANT GRACE, we are to be separated from our “mother’s womb”….Babylon…so that His Son is made MANIFEST (revealed) in us. We are to come out from among the churches of Babylon where there is confusion and every evil work so that His life should be made manifest in our mortal flesh in order for this dark world may see the Light of God. (15) But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, (16) To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: We are to hear the knowledge of God as preached by the Spirit of Truth and not resist in disobedience. Paul counted all of his religious upbringing and things as a loss for Christ. He suffered the loss of his religious life in order to save it. He counted them as “dung” so that he may win Christ. He did not seek to defend his own righteousness at the hearing of the knowledge of Christ. Philippians 3:6-11 KJV (6) Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Saul did not resist the Light of the knowledge of God for he was FOUND IN HIM. He humbled himself in the presence of the Lord and did not rely upon his own righteousness to fight what he heard. He did not seek to defend his own religious thoughts and ways but emptied himself in front of the Lord so that he might KNOW HIM and the power of His resurrection. We also are to hear the knowledge of God…hear the Spirit….and be FOUND IN HIM by letting brotherly love continue and not fight against what we hear by defending our own righteousness….man’s doctrines and commandments. “Saul” had his name changed to “Paul” which means “little”…for he did humble himself in the Light of the Lord. He was not disobedient to the vision….but BELIEVED and obeyed. (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Paul was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision….but was obedient…. Acts 26:16-20 KJV (16) But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; (17) Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, (18) To open their eyes, 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. (19) Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: (20) But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. The Lord’s ABUNDANT GRACE that brings SALVATION NOW appears to ALL men as the knowledge of our Lord shines from heaven. Acts 9:3-18 KJV (3) And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: We are to hear and humble ourselves….as Saul “fell to the earth”. Saul did not resist by defending his own righteousness….his own church fathers’ teachings or commandments…but did LISTEN to the VOICE of Jesus and OBEYED. (4) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (5) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (6) And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (7) And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (8) And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. (9) And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. It is no coincidence that “Ananias” means “GRACE of God”…for it is by God’s grace that we are delivered from the power of darkness of religious-sounding men who have taken us captive with their deceptive preaching and translated into the Light of His Son’s kingdom. (10) And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. ABUNDANT GRACE is shown to us…and especially towards those church leaders who are in the “house of Judas”…who betrayed the Son of man into the hands of sinners. Many are betraying His life from appearing in our outer mortal flesh (the Son of man) by what they are preaching. Many are preaching things for "filthy lucre's" sake and causing the destruction of the flesh of many as the life of Jesus is not being made manifest in the mortal flesh of their followers. (11) And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, The grace of God ("Ananias") appears to us and we are to grow in the knowledge of God (receiving our sight). The eyes of our understanding are to be opened so that we may know Him who is true. (12) And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. (13) Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: (14) And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. (15) But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: (16) For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. (17) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. (18) And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. The name “Saul” comes from the same word as “Sheol” which is the “grave”. MANY are using their mouths (open mouth = the open “grave”) to preach things that lead many to the destruction of their flesh....persecuting the Way unto the death. They are (with deception) binding and delivering men and women into “prisons” of the denominations of men who teach man’s commandments and doctrines where NO FLESH is being saved. Acts 22:4-16 KJV (4) And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. (5) As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. But God’s grace appears to us and we are to see the Light of the knowledge of our God who opens the eyes of our understanding so that we may be filled with the spirit of revelation and wisdom. (6) And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. (7) And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (8) And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. (9) And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. (10) And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. (11) And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. (12) And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Saul received his sight and looked up upon Him. (13) Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. Our God chooses us to know His will and see the Just One and we should HEAR the Voice of His mouth. We are not to resist and seek to defend our own religious thoughts and ways…our own private interpretations and doctrines and commandments of men. We are to hear and OBEY and DO His will and not seek to justify our own righteousness. (14) And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. (15) For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. (16) And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. As Saul, we are to have the eyes of our understanding OPENED…. Numbers 24:14-19 KJV (14) And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days. (15) And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: ….and HEAR the words of God and know the knowledge of the most High and see the vision of the Almighty and FALL by humbling ourselves towards what we hear the Spirit saying. (16) He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: The Lord IS COMING in our mortal flesh. We shall see Him, but not now as we have FAITH in what we hear. The grace of God that brings salvation appears to all men and teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts as we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world as we look for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God: our appearing Savior Jesus Christ whose life shall appear in our mortal flesh. His glorious appearing in our mortal flesh shall destroy the wickedness of those who will resist and persecute us. (17) I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. (18) And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. He shall destroy the wicked with the brightness of His coming....for His LIFE shall appear in our outer mortal flesh. (19) Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. I shall see Him, but not now. I shall behold Him, but not yet. We hear His voice NOW and have faith in the appearing of His life in our mortal flesh which displays the glory of God in this dark world. Titus 2:11-15 KJV (11) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, We are to keep the “daily” sacrifice….the dying of our Lord Jesus in our bodies… (12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; …so that we may inherit the blessing: the appearing of the glory of God in our outer mortal flesh which is the manifestation of the life of Jesus who is our Savior. (13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (14) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (15) These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. We are to see the Light…..hear the Word of Truth….the good news of our salvation…and BELIEVE and be sealed with that Holy Spirit of the promise. I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh. Ephesians 1:13-23 KJV (13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh. He IS COMING quickly….in our outer mortal flesh so that world may see His Light and praise God. We are to be the praise of His glory for the world shall see that we have “eternal life” in the here and now. We continue to live in this earth without the effects of sin for they are washed away from our mortal flesh. (14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (15) Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, (16) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; Let us see the Light and have the eyes of our understanding opened and know what is the hope of His calling. (17) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (21) Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (22) And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, (23) Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear in our outer mortal flesh, we shall also appear with Him in glory…for the world shall see His revealed life. The life within us shall shine outwardly and bring healing to our mortal bodies. We shall have “eternal life” in this earth and the world shall know what it means to really DO the will of God. Colossians 3:1-11 KJV (1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Saul "fell to the earth". He humbled himself. He did not resist in disobedience. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (8) But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. The wicked of the churches now shall persecute us for our faith. They will be consumed with the spirit of His mouth for they will hear and resist and speak hard speeches against His words…against the Spirit of Truth. But they shall be destroyed with the brightness of His coming as His life shall be manifest in our outer mortal flesh and they shall be ashamed of their words and ways. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-17 KJV (8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, Many church people will not hear and believe but will take pleasure in their own unrighteousness as they continue to perish away in their mortal flesh to the grave. They will not receive the love of the Truth so that they might be saved. They will believe the lie that they are doing God “service” for killing others with their evil words. They will persecute others for believing by calling them “evil doers” and will separate the believers from their company…and yet, they will think that they are doing God service for such things. They will see them as “wonderful works” done in His name…in His authority. They will see themselves as “gods”…. judges for God….doing these things in His authority. (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But the believers shall hear and believe the Truth. We are called by the good news to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ whose life shall appear in our outer mortal flesh. He IS COMING quickly in our outer mortal flesh as we are transformed into His image so that we may display the glory of God to this dark, dying world. (13) But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (14) Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (15) Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. (16) Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, (17) Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. We shall shine as the brightness of the firmament….for the life of Jesus shall appear in our outer mortal flesh and MANY in this world shall see and turn to God and His righteousness. Daniel 12:3 KJV (3) And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. We shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of our Father. Matthew 13:43-44 KJV (43) Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Let us who have ears hear what the Spirit is saying and sell all of our own religious thoughts and ways for His. We are to hear and count all of our religious things as a loss so that we may win Christ. (44) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. But the wicked of the churches will be disappointed. They shall be ashamed of their evil persecutions at the brightness of His coming in the mortal bodies of the chosen believers. They will have chosen death and not life as they will have pleasure in their unrighteousness at the hearing of His words. They will not be found in the book of life.