You will be his witness (Acts 22:15)

“You will be

His witness

To all the world

Of what you have seen

And heard.”

ὅτι ἔσῃ μάρτυς αὐτῷ πρὸς πάντας ἀνθρώπους ὧν ἑώρακας καὶ ἤκουσας.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that Ananias told him that he would be the witness (ὅτι ἔσῃ μάρτυς) about the righteous one (αὐτῷ) to all the men (πρὸς πάντας ἀνθρώπους) of the world about what he had seen (ὧν ἑώρακας) and heard (ὧν ἑώρακας).  In the earlier story in chapter 9:15, the Lord spoke to Ananias, not Ananias speaking to Paul.  “The Lord (ὁ Κύριος) said (ὅτι) to Ananias (εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν) that he was to go (Πορεύου) to Saul, because Saul was going to be (ἐστίν μοι οὗτος) the chosen (ἐκλογῆς) instrument or vessel (σκεῦος) to bring or carry (τοῦ βαστάσαι) his name (τὸ ὄνομά μου) before the gentiles (ἐνώπιον ἐθνῶν), the kings (καὶ βασιλέων), and the sons of Israel (υἱῶν τε Ἰσραήλ).  This vision of Ananias was only found there and not in this later personal speech of Paul about his conversion.  The Lord Jesus said that Saul had a special chosen role to play in the spread of the name of Jesus.  However, there was a similar saying in chapter 26:16-17, when Paul said that Jesus spoke directly to himself, and not to Ananias.  The Lord said that he had appeared to Saul (ὤφθην σοι) for a specific purpose (εἰς τοῦτο).  He had appointed Saul (προχειρίσασθαί σε) a servant (ὑπηρέτην) and a witness (καὶ μάρτυρα) to the things in which he had seen (ὧν τε εἶδές με) and what would appear to him (ὧν τε ὀφθήσομαί σοι).  The Lord Jesus was going to deliver Saul (ἐξαιρούμενός σε) from the people (ἐκ τοῦ λαοῦ) and from the gentiles (καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἐθνῶν) to whom he was sent (εἰς οὓς ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω σε).  In other words, Saul had a special mission to the sons of Israel and the gentiles.  Here the message comes through Ananias, while in chapter 26 Saul got the message directly from God.  Paul was going to be a witness to what he had seen and heard to all people.  Do you have a special role in your life?

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