There are certain little phrases in scripture that just amaze me. The term “Brother Saul” is one of them. In Acts 8 Saul actually took part in the stoning of Stephen, the first recorded martyr in the Bible. As chapter 9 opens he is on a rampage against the church. He is threatening them, wanting them killed, and even asks for permission to go to
But something happened along the way – Saul got saved. He himself tells the story in detail later, but suffice it to say for now that God intervened and Saul accepted Christ as Saviour.
I love his words when the meets Saul. Ananias walked up, put his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul.” Only one thing could change an enemy into a brother in a matter of moments – salvation through Christ! It would be kind of like us today saying, “Brother Osama,” “Brother Kim Jong-il,” or “Brother Fidel.” God’s love through his people is an amazing thing. Think about how we would see the world if we saw our enemies as potential brothers.