‘Who are you?
Then he said to me.
‘I am Jesus of Nazareth
Whom you are persecuting.’”
ἐγὼ δὲ ἀπεκρίθην Τίς εἶ, Κύριε; εἶπέν τε πρὸς ἐμέ Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος, ὃν σὺ διώκεις.
The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that he then answered (ἐγὼ δὲ ἀπεκρίθην) by saying, “Lord (Κύριε)! Who are you (Τίς εἶ)?” Then this voice said to Paul (εἶπέν τε πρὸς ἐμέ), “I am Jesus of Nazareth (Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος), whom you are persecuting (ὃν σὺ διώκεις).” This is very similar to chapter 9:5, where Saul asked (εἶπεν δέ) this voice. “Who are you (Τίς εἶ)? Lord (Κύριε)!” The reply came (ὁ δέ) “I am Jesus (Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς), whom you are persecuting (ὃν σὺ διώκεις).” Saul called this voice Lord. The response was quick. Saul was persecuting Jesus, when he was persecuting his followers. This response was nearly the same here except that Saul used the first person singular. Paul also added here Jesus of Nazareth, not any Jesus. In Acts, chapter 26:15, Saul in the first person singular asked (ἐγὼ δὲ εἶπα) “Who are you (Τίς εἶ)?” The Lord (ὁ δὲ Κύριε) said (εἶπεν) “I am Jesus (Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς), whom you are persecuting (ὃν σὺ διώκεις).” There was no mention of Nazareth in that description. Instead of speaking to the Lord, the Lord was the one who was responding. Saul wanted to know who was speaking to him. The Lord Jesus told him directly to stop persecuting him and his followers. When he persecuted them, he was also persecuting Jesus. Have you ever persecuted Jesus or his followers?