The Conversion-Name Change

The Conversion-Name Change

Scripture: Acts 9:1-43


Hello friends, I concluded that it would be beneficial for all of us to carefully read Acts chapter 9, which details the transformation of Saul into Paul. I came to the realization that this passage contains a great deal of information from which we could all learn. But before we delve into this text, I would like for us to have a clear understanding of what Acts chapter 9 discusses specifically regarding Saul’s (Paul’s) conversion.

An important lesson that I discovered about his conversion is as follows: “This lesson on Saul’s conversion teaches believers that God completely transforms a person’s life when that person believes in Jesus. Saul was the one that God chose to be His instrument to spread the Good News to those who were not Jewish. Believers will come to understand that God has a plan and a purpose in store for every person who puts their trust in Jesus. In addition, the love of God was what ultimately led to Paul’s rescue. It was the impetus for the rapid propagation of Christianity among non-Jews. It demonstrates that there is not a sinner, regardless of how terrible they are, that God cannot use. It conveys the message that a Christian has an undivided allegiance to God. Another significant benefit of Paul’s conversion is that it facilitated the spread of Christianity to the nations of the Gentile world. (The gentile nations are those unsaved, simply put, the unbelievers)

Having said that, the following are some of my own personal thoughts regarding this teaching. You would concur with me that having an encounter with Jesus is of the utmost importance, and that it is not enough to simply know Him on the surface; rather, having a deep relationship with Him makes the experience feel more personal. To explain what I mean by this, let me explain that whenever someone claims that they have a personal encounter with Jesus, then there must be a transformation, which may further result in a change of name. For example, when a lady marries a man, her name will automatically change or be transformed into a new name. This is a common practice in many cultures.

After meeting Jesus, Saul’s name was changed to Paul, and he became an apostle of Jesus Christ. After his conversion, heaven made the decision that his previous name should be completely changed. Now, this does not necessarily imply that whenever we undergo a physical conversion, we are required to immediately change our names. The point is that there are certain names and ways of life that need to be changed, which Galatians 5:19 refers to as “the works of the flesh.” Unfortunately, most Christians are still bearing those names rather than changing them completely, and I must say that this is a problem.

 On a more somber note, the only thing that changed when Saul changed his name was the letter in the middle of his name, which went from a “S” to a “P.” There is just this one letter or word that God may want you to change from your customary course of action or practices. What about making a change from not believing in God to believing in God, or from sinning to repenting, or from lying to telling the truth? Think for a moment about an aspect of your life that you do not find satisfactory and that should be altered. YES! You should know that this could result in a significant change, and the Lord is patiently waiting for you, my dear friends, to bring about this transformation right now by humbly requesting that He come into your heart and completely have His way.


Let’s have this prayer together if you don’t mind?


Dear Lord, do have mercy upon me according to your loving kindness, and according to the multitude of your tender mercies, I ask that you blot out my sins this moment. I have decided to have a name change from the sin of (name it……). Create in me a clean heart and may I find favour in your presence o Lord, Amen…

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Pastor Bob.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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