I will rescue you (Acts 26:17)

“I will rescue you

From your people

And from the gentiles,

To whom I am sending you.”

ἐξαιρούμενός σε ἐκ τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἐθνῶν, εἰς οὓς ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω σε,

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that Jesus told him that he was going to rescue Paul (ἐξαιρούμενός σε) from his own people (ἐκ τοῦ λαοῦ) and the gentiles (καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἐθνῶν), to whom he was sending him (εἰς οὓς ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω σε).  This is another unique saying that was not in the other two descriptions of Paul’s conversion.  There was suffering in Acts, chapter 9:15-16, when 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 these later personal speeches 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, but there was nothing like this, except that he would send him to the faraway gentiles, in Acts, chapter 22:21.  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).  However, there was a similar saying here, when Paul said that Jesus spoke directly to him, and not from Ananias.  In other words, Paul had a special mission to the sons of Israel and the gentiles.  Here Paul got the message directly from God.  Paul was going to be a witness to what he had seen and heard to all people, both Jews and gentiles.  Are you a witness to Jesus for other people?

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