Ananias went to see Saul (Acts 9:17)


Ananias departed.

He entered the house.

He laid his hands

On Saul.

He said.

‘Brother Saul!

The Lord Jesus

Who appeared to you

On your way here,

Has sent me

That you may regain

Your sight

And be filled

With the Holy Spirit.’”

Ἀπῆλθεν δὲ Ἀνανίας καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν, καὶ ἐπιθεὶς ἐπ’ αὐτὸν τὰς χεῖρας εἶπεν Σαοὺλ ἀδελφέ, ὁ Κύριος ἀπέσταλκέν με, Ἰησοῦς ὁ ὀφθείς σοι ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ᾗ ἤρχου, ὅπως ἀναβλέψῃς καὶ πλησθῇς Πνεύματος Ἁγίου.

The author of Acts indicated that Ananias departed (Ἀπῆλθεν δὲ Ἀνανίας) his house.  He entered (καὶ εἰσῆλθεν) into the house (εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν) where Saul was staying.  He laid his hands-on Saul (καὶ ἐπιθεὶς ἐπ’ αὐτὸν τὰς χεῖρας).  He said (εἶπεν) to him, calling him Brother Saul (Σαοὺλ ἀδελφέ), that the Lord (ὁ Κύριος) Jesus (Ἰησοῦς), who had appeared to him (ὁ ὀφθείς σοι) on his way there (ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ᾗ ἤρχου), had sent Ananias to help him regain his sight (ὅπως ἀναβλέψῃς) and be filled with the Holy Spirit (καὶ πλησθῇς Πνεύματος Ἁγίου).  Thus, Saul received both the physical restoration of sight and the gift of the Holy Spirit at the same time, before he was baptized, just like Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, in Luke, chapter 1:67.  Ananias entered the house and he laid his hands on Saul.  Thus, Saul got both his sight and the Holy Spirit.  After Saul’s sight was restored, then he was baptized.  There appears to be a bestowal of the Spirit before baptism.  In Acts 22:12-13, Ananias only cured Saul of his blindness, without any laying-on of hands upon him.  There was nothing about the Holy Spirit, but only the admonition that Saul be baptized.  In Acts, chapter 26, there was no mention of Saul’s blindness, the Holy Spirit, or baptism.  There was just a conversation between the Lord Jesus and Saul.  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in your life?

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