Yes, he was.
Acts 9: 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Amazing story eh?
Imagine being one of the Pharisees or teachers of that day. That had hated John the Baptist’s baptism, because it said that you needed something more than the Jewish faith offered. In fact you needed to turn from that. Imagine then one of your biggest assets, a threat to the spread of Christianity…goes and does exactly what he had previously hated…and been baptised!
Baptism is a powerful outward statement.
This week at Inglewood Church I am baptising two people who have recently come to believe in Jesus, and want their faith to take the next step. For both of them, in different ways, it is a significant statement to the family and friends around them.