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Was Apostle Paul Born Again

Was the Apostle Paul born again on the road to Damascus, or was he just converted, and called to preach? Please explain.

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 ---trey on 10/31/07
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john you posted Born again" is Johannine terminology, not Pauline.
Funny but even Jesus used the term Born again twice in the book of John
---evangelistjerry on 10/10/08

If someone is converted, saved, or redeemed, they must first be born again. Conversion is a work of the Holy Spirit that continues throught our entire life. So yes, Paul was born again first.This converted him and he became obedient to God's call.
---john on 10/8/08

Apostle Paul recieved Salvation accodrding to Acts 2 v's 37-41 which Fulfilled Matt 28 v's 19-20, & The Whole Lot of God's Word we should live up to & Preached This Very Same Message of Salvation to others(to us gentiles also)while on his Missionary journey,which The Lord directed him to do.
Gal 1 v's 8-9.
---Lawrence on 10/8/08

Blessings to you Brother Trey, Thank you so much for clarifying the difference between born again, and conversion. Your spiritual insight was PERFECT! God Bless you Brother Trey!
---Cynthia on 11/5/07

Sister Cynthia, (part 1)

Being "born again" and "converted" are a little different. To be converted, one must first be born again. Simply put, being converted is to be converted to the truth.

Convert - Greek: strpho, "to turn" or to "change one's mind", is translated in Matt. 18:3.
Convert - Greek: epistrepho, "to turn about, turn towards" James 5:19.
---trey on 11/2/07

(Part 2)
Convert - Greek: epistrophe, akin to epistrepho, "a turning about or round, conversion" is found in Acts 15:3. The word implies "a turning from and a turning to", corresponding to these are repentance and faith. The gentiles converted to God from idols. (1 Thess. 1:9).
---trey on 11/2/07

(part 3)
Lu 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Lu 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Simon Peter had been born again, remember Matt. 16:17, but hadn't yet been converted to the truth.

Cynthia, I hope that helps. I'm not as good as some at explaining scripture.

Lord bless you,
---trey on 11/2/07

Mark V, thanks for the excellent answer. I too believe he was born again, converted, and called to preach.

Acts chapter 9, Luke starts off the chapter speaking of Paul breathing out threatenings and slaughter. (1st Jhn 2:11, & 3:15) He hated the brethren to the point of wanting them dead. Then after the Lord appeared unto him, he was a changed man. He didn't have to think about it. He knew!

Lord bless you Mark V. The Lord has given you a gift to understand His word and explain it.
---trey on 11/2/07

#6. After the scales came off his eyes, he was then baptized. The order of salvation is very important that everyone gets. First the light has to come to you, then the spirit convicts you of sin, then you believe by faith for it is a gift of God after conversion, then once you believe in the Lordship of Christ, you follw His command to be baptized as an acknowledgement of your faith.
---Mark_V. on 11/2/07

Bro. Trey, let me give you my version of when Paul was born again, "As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven." That is the moment he was born again, for he was able to see Christ. At that moment Paul was awaken from his spiritual death. To show it was that moment the passage continues with, "Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
---Mark_V. on 11/2/07

#2. God brought the light to him first, and now He was convicting him for what he had been doing against Christ. Conviction brought repentance, something he never had before, when he answered, "what must I do" No one lost can see Christ but when Paul fell to the ground he not only heard Him but saw Him, something the others could not do. This passages are the first of six visions to be seen by Paul found in Acts, 16:9,10, 18:9,10, 22:17,18, 17:23,24.
---Mark_V. on 11/2/07

#3. What I want you to notice is that Paul was not sprinkled with water before the light came. He was did not eat a wafer before the light came. He did not have faith in Christ before the light came. Actually when Christ talked to Ananais He told him in verse 5, " But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles, Kings, and children of Israel" making it clear to Ananias that God had chosen Paul, and not that Paul had chosen Christ.
---Mark_V. on 11/2/07

#4. No one who is spiritually dead to the things of God can change his own heart and come to life. It takes a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to bring light to the person who is dead, as in the case of Paul. Later on in verses 17-18, Ananias explained to Paul how he was told by Christ what to do, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit"
---Mark_V. on 11/2/07

#5. Notice first he called him brother, and notice also that been filled with the Holy Spirit did not indicate he didn't have the Holy Spirit when he saw the light, since the Spirit had already been active in Paul's life: convicting him of sin (John 16:9), convincing him of the Lordship of Christ (1 Cor. 12:3), transforming him (Titus 3:5), and indwelling him permanently (1 Cor. 12:13). He was filled with the Spirit for the empowerment of service (1:4, 14, 4:8,31, 6:5,8, Eph 5:16).
---Mark_V. on 11/2/07

Is there a difference between being born again and being converted? Aren't they both the same thing? If I am wrong then someone please correct me. As far as being truly born again, then absolutely, the Apostle Paul was. He was sold out to Christ. Isn't everyone who has a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ? God Bless!
---Cynthia on 11/1/07

Trey - few people have the experience I had. I was an atheist when I said the sinners prayer and a believer when I was done. I've heard of many since then but the Damascus born-again experience is real. For someone like me that couldn't believe just to be given the gift of faith was dramatic. yes I think Paul was born again right on that road.
---Andrea on 11/1/07

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Mima: Yes, he was born again. Why pick on me, when others agree with me?
---Rebecca_D on 11/1/07

Rebecca DE::Paul was "BORN FROM ABOVE"on the road to Damascus Jn3:3Arequirement)"Saul saul why dost thou persecute Me"Thrown from His horse & Blinded.Till restored by God.He was chosen.
---Emcee on 11/1/07

Paul had to have been born again before God sent him to preach his word. God may call a sinner to preach, but before they can do so, they must first convert over to Christ. Paul was converted and was called to preach the gospel.
---Rebecca_D on 11/1/07

Salvation requires a born-again experience. A born-again experience requires a fully thought-out decision to accept Jesus Christ, repent (turn) from your sins and take up your cross daily.
---Mr._Graham on 10/31/07

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(Luke 16: 28-30) For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
---Mr._Graham on 10/31/07

yes paul was born again of the spirit.but remember paul was called not by the spirit as most are,but was directly confronted by jesus himself,and called out as his messenger to the gentiles.
---tom2 on 10/31/07

**Paul was born again when he was baptized**

Indeed this is so.

Ananias said to him in Acts 22:16 'Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'

Ezekiel 36:25"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean, I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
---Tina5349 on 10/31/07

Mima- whosoever calls on the name the Lord shall be saved.

But the Bible Mima, does not say this is the only way to be save. Jesus said " You must be born with Water and the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God". Also " If you do not forgive one another neither will my Father in Heaven forgive you" . Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood I will raise up on the last day". so you see Mima being saved is a on going process, did you tell the clerk this?
---Ruben on 10/31/07

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"Born again" is Johannine terminology, not Pauline.
---John1944 on 10/31/07

Paul was born again when he was baptised, but he was personally chosen by Jesus to be an Apostle on the road to Damascus and directed to where he needed to go in order to become baptised and trained for ministry.
---lorra8574 on 10/31/07

Good question. The answer, Absolutely! Paul recognized that he was dealing with someone superior to himself. Paul trembled, strong convictions of sin against Jesus Christ set home by the Blessed Spirit. A good work was begun in Paul by Jesus when he was brought to Christ's feet. Paul surrendered himself to the Lord Jesus. Paul spoked to Jesus as his Lord.
---catherine on 10/31/07

#-2-the clerk said, no I am not sure, can anyone be certain? I said, you will be certain in a few moments. How's that the clerk ask? Well, it says in the Bible three different times, whosoever calls on the name the Lord shall be saved. It does not say maybe hopefully could happen. It says shall be saved. My question to you is do you want to call? Very soberly, yes I do.
---Mima on 10/31/07

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#-3-I then led the clerk in the following prayer, Lord Jesus thank you for coming into my life, forgive me of my sins, save my soul, and please make your forgiveness real to my heart. AMEN. After praying with me the person told me I feel different. And yes, I'm certain of heaven now!!!!!! Question, did the clerk gets saved yesterday or did the clerk get converted and called yesterday?
---Mima on 10/31/07

#-1-I believe he was born began and converted on the road to Damascus. And later called to preach.--- This event happened yesterday. I go into a store to buy transportation chair. After a short conversation, I asked the person in charge may I ask you a question? Sure the clerk said," are you absolutely, positively, certain sure, no doubt in your mind, that you will go to heaven when you die???
---Mima on 10/31/07

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