How is Saul saved?
Although Saul’s conversions seemed to greatly differ from the Ethiopian eunuch’s, in the end we see that both were specially converted by God’s intervening hand.
The setting and event (Acts 9:1-9)
Saul was saved at the most unlikely time possible. Ananias and the other Christians did not have time to hear of the change in Saul’s life. Saul the general was on the warpath, and the Christians were bracing themselves for the storm.
Saul was greatly humbled by Jesus’ voice. He fell to the ground blind. He heard that it was Jesus Himself that He was persecuting.
The call and response (Acts 9:10-17)
Ananias, a Christian leader in Damascus, had a vision from the Lord. He answered in the Samuel mode, “Behold, here am I, Lord.” The Lord gave him very clear and specific directions on where he was to go and what he was suppose to do. Even his address (Straight street and Judas’ house) was provided. He was told the vision that Saul the Christian-hater had about Ananias coming to lay his hands on him that he might have a stronger faith. Ananias did mention a slight problem in God’s plans (Acts 9:13), but God rebuffed his concern and told him to go.
The change in Saul (Acts 9:18-22)
Saul had three ‘dark’ days to meditate on his experience, the light, Jesus’ words and the vision of Ananias. There is no doubt that he was carefully reviewing the scriptures that he so well had mastered. From his later sermons, we can see that he had gained a clear understanding of the Messiah from the Old Testament. Even in 9:20 we see him proclaiming ‘Jesus as the Son of God’ in all the synagogues. He went from being the persecutor to being the persecuted.
Was baptized (Acts 9:18)
Saul like the Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized. Many people wrongly baptize people before they believe. This includes infant baptism. Instead people are to ‘believe and be baptized.’ Baptism does not bring salvation, but is a symbol of conversion by a public act of obedience.