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Paul testifies of his conversion, a conversion which God Himself brought about. He alone can convert the heart.

BibleGateway: Acts 21:37-22:16

ESV Text: Acts 21:37-22:16

KJV Text:

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37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people. 40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,(KJV)

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     1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. 2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

     3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. 6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. 10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. 11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. 12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. 14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. 15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. 16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 73:
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

— Organ Audio

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1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! 
Behold, the King of Glory waits; 
The King of kings is drawing near, 
The Savior of the world is here. 
Life and salvation He doth bring, 
Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing: 
We praise Thee, Father, now, 
Creator, wise art Thou! 

2. A Helper just He comes to thee, 
His chariot is humility, 
His kingly crown is holiness, 
His scepter, pity in distress, 
The end of all our woe He brings; 
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings: 
We praise Thee, Savior, now, 
Mighty in deed art Thou! 

3. O blest the land, the city blest, 
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed! 
O happy hearts and happy homes 
To whom this King in triumph comes! 
The cloudless Sun of joy He is, 
Who bringeth pure delight and bliss. 
We praise Thee, Spirit, now, 
Our Comforter art Thou! 

4. Fling wide the portals of your heart; 
Make it a temple set apart 
From earthly use for Heaven’s employ, 
Adorned with prayer and love and joy. 
So shall your Sovereign enter in 
And new and nobler life begin. 
To Thee, O God, be praise 
For word and deed and grace! 

5. Redeemer, come! I open wide 
My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide! 
Let me Thy inner presence feel, 
Thy grace and love in me reveal; 
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on 
Until our glorious goal is won. 
Eternal praise and fame 
We offer to Thy name.