Ananias came to Paul (Acts 22:13)

“Ananias came to me.

He stood beside me.

He said.

‘Brother Saul!

Regain your sight!’

In that very hour,

I regained my sight.

I saw him.”

ἐλθὼν πρὸς ἐμὲ καὶ ἐπιστὰς εἶπέν μοι Σαοὺλ ἀδελφέ, ἀνάβλεψον. κἀγὼ αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ ἀνέβλεψα εἰς αὐτόν.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that Ananias came to him (ἐλθὼν πρὸς ἐμὲ).  Ananias stood beside him (καὶ ἐπιστὰς).  He called him (εἶπέν μοι) Brother Saul (Σαοὺλ ἀδελφέ) and told him to regain his sight (ἀνάβλεψον).  In that very hour (κἀγὼ αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ), Paul regained his sight and was able to see Ananias (ἀνέβλεψα εἰς αὐτόν).  There was something similar but more elaborate in chapter 9:17-18.  “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, Paul 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 Paul.  After Paul’s sight was restored, then he was baptized.  Here there is just the mention of Paul regaining his sight with no mention of the Holy Spirit or any laying-on of hands upon him.  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.  Here Paul wanted to make a connection with the pious Jew Ananias.  Do you know anyone who has recovered from blindness?

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