Emanna for 12/31/2019
Immediately Proclaiming This One
Acts 9:20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, that this One is the Son of God. (21) And all who heard him were amazed and said, Is this not the one who ravaged those who call upon this name in Jerusalem and came here for this, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests? (22) But Saul was all the more empowered, and he confounded the Jews dwelling in Damascus by proving that this One is the Christ. Words of Ministry
In chapter nine Luke also gives us a short and simple record concerning Paul's preaching. According to verse 20, Saul "proclaimed Jesus, that this One is the Son of God." Then in verse 22 Luke goes on to say that "Saul was all the more empowered and confounded the Jews dwelling in Damascus, proving that this One is the Christ." In these verses Luke twice uses the phrase "this One." In verse 20 we see that this One is the Son of God, and in verse 22 that this One is the Christ. The phrase "this One" is meaningful and rich in its implications. This is the One whom he persecuted, the One whom the authorities in the Jewish religion opposed and condemned. This One is also the One in whom many believed and whom they followed. The reason Saul used the statement of "this One" as his emphasis was that his audience knew about Jesus and about what was taking place with Saul and the believers. Because the people knew about this, Saul could simply speak of "this One." The fact that Saul used this statement indicates that his audience knew about whom he was speaking. Therefore, when Saul began to speak about Jesus, he spoke concerning this One.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 219-220. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.