Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 9:20-31
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 9:20-31. These verses describe Saul’s first experiences as a disciple of Christ.

Acts 9

Saul’s First Experiences as a Disciple

Verses 20-21

"Immediately, in the synagogues, Saul proclaimed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. All who heard him were amazed. They said, “Isn't this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called on this name? Didn't he come here intending to bring them bound before the chief priests?” " (Acts 9:20-21).

Verses 22-25

"Saul increased in strength. He confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. Saul did this for a long time. Then the Jews conspired together to kill Saul. To that end, they watched the gates both day and night. Their plot, however, became known to Saul. His disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall. They lowered him in a basket." (Acts 9:22-25).

Paul’s trips to Jerusalem

Verses 26-27

"When Saul came to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn't believe that he was a disciple. However Barnabas took him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way. Barnabas told the apostles how Jesus had spoken to Saul, and in Damascus Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus." (Acts 9:26-27).

Verses 28-30

"So Saul associated with the apostles and moved freely in Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus. He was talking and debating with the Grecians, but they were seeking to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought Saul down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus." (Acts 9:28-30).

Verse 31

"So the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, had peace. They were built up; they were multiplied; and they were walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:31).


With this progress report Luke concludes his description of the spread of Christianity into Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. It begins with the Martyrdom of Stephen, describes the work of Philip, and ends with the conversion of Saul (Acts 6:8 to 9:31). In the third section we will see Christianity spread into the coastlands and Syria.

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