Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 9:20-22
How did Saul become so knowledgeable so quickly? The thing is, as a religious leader, Saul knew the Scriptures very well. For him to be spun up on the Word of God so quickly isn’t much of a stretch. He just needed to connect some dots, so to speak. He knew all about the Messiah and godly things; he just needed to be shown how it all fit together. The Holy Spirit used other Believers to connect those dots, plus the Holy Spirit Himself taught Saul.
Those who heard him teach were reluctant to embrace him because of his violent reputation. They had good reason to distrust him, but he continued to prove himself to be one of them little by little.
But Saul didn’t let their reluctance deter him. He continued doing what God was now calling him to do. He seemed to be just as enthusiastic about his new preaching lifestyle as he had been with his pursuit of Christians.
We all have those “light bulb” or “aha!” moments where it all makes sense. Sometimes the Holy Spirit brings together a variety of unrelated events and things in our lives to drive home a point He’s been trying to make. Or perhaps you get something you’ve been reading in Scripture that you’ve read a dozen times before, but now it makes sense. That’s the Holy Spirit at work in your life, drawing you to Him and teaching you.
That’s just part of His goodness to us.