4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:4–6, NKJV)
The appearance of Jesus to Saul supplies us with ample information to understand what did and did not happen on the road to Damascus. Saul the persecutor became Saul, the believer. Jesus told him to go into Damascus where he would be told what he must do. What did not happen on the road was Saul’s salvation from his sins. How can that be so? Because when Saul went to Damascus, the preacher told him he must “arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). Saul’s sins were not washed away on the road to Damascus, they were washed away in Damascus when he was baptized. The word of God is clear. Salvation from sin does not come at the moment of faith, but when faith acts by being baptized into Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:37-38; Gal. 3:27; 1 Pet. 3:21). Be saved the way Saul was saved. Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins.