Acts 9



This chapter is significant for Saul's conversion, marking a turning point in the narrative as the fierce persecutor becomes a fervent follower of Jesus. It also highlights Peter's continued ministry, including healing miracles in different cities.


  1. Saul's Conversion (Acts 9:1-19a): Saul, a zealous Pharisee and persecutor of the early Christians, encounters the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. A bright light blinds him, and he hears Jesus asking why he persecutes him. Saul is led into Damascus, where he remains blind for three days. Ananias, a disciple in Damascus, receives a vision instructing him to go to Saul. Ananias hesitates but obeys, and as he lays hands on Saul, scales fall from his eyes, and he is filled with the Holy Spirit. Saul is baptized and begins preaching about Jesus.
  2. Saul Begins to Preach (Acts 9:19b-30): Saul spends time with the disciples in Damascus, confounding the Jews by proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God. Due to threats against his life, the disciples lower Saul in a basket through an opening in the wall, allowing him to escape Damascus. Saul travels to Jerusalem, where Barnabas introduces him to the apostles. Despite initial suspicion, Saul boldly preaches in Jerusalem and debates with Hellenistic Jews, leading to another threat on his life. The believers send him to his hometown of Tarsus.
  3. Healing of Aeneas and Raising of Dorcas (Acts 9:32-43): Peter travels to Lydda, where he heals a paralyzed man named Aeneas. The news of this miracle spreads, leading many in the region to turn to the Lord. Peter then goes to Joppa, where a beloved disciple named Tabitha (Dorcas) has died. Peter prays and raises her from the dead, and many in Joppa believe in the Lord.