Act 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
Hidden within each one of us is a strong personality that is made up of the “I”. This is commonly referred to as the independent spirit or nature of a person. Though this identity is God-given, the ‘I” in a person is actually governed and influenced by external forces that one may accept or reject. We would like to think that we are in control of the “I” causing many of us to seek to control our lives based on this knowledge of independent choice. Saul, before he became Apostle Paul, was a very strong ”I” sort of person. This guise of his strong personality before he came to know Christ was actually a weapon that God had created in him for the revelation of Jesus to the world when he was converted. The guise of his strong personality was built up in the guise of a life under the Law and a sect of people called the Pharisees. He excelled in this form of religiosity that crafted and influenced this strong personality. The negative side of the ‘”I” personality is, it never submits. It is always right in its own eyes. It justifies itself, walks in self-righteousness and is an insidious spirit that lives within itself. It seeks to make the world submit to it. Apostle Paul had it all come to a crashing halt when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Jesus brought him down to his knees and opened his eyes to his true identity. It wasn’t long after that, Apostle Paul wrote these words; Gal_2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.