Posted by: Brad Beaman | March 6, 2009

The Apostle Paul: Partners of the Damascus Road and following

Belek Beach 

Damascus Road

When considering Paul’s partners in ministry just after his Damascus road experience there seems to be two “streams” of believers in Damascus.   

When Paul was blinded he went to the house of Judas in Damascus.

Ananias was sent by the Lord to restore Paul’s sight. He Baptized Paul in Damascus. Acts 22:16

Paul spent time with disciples of Damascus, and some believers helped him escape the plot on his life by letting him over the wall in a basket. Some of the translations say that:

“his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.”

It seems more likely that those who let Paul down in a basket were not the existing disciples in Damascus. Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 9:40

It seems more likely that Saul’s “followers” mentioned in Acts 9:40 were the Jews who had just come to Christ hearing Saul preach rather than the other disciples. If they were like Ananias they would be reluctant to associate with Saul knowing his original intent for traveling to Damascus was to arrest them.   


Galatians 1:17 Paul went to Arabia. In this case the emphasis is on the fact that he did not have flesh and blood partners. His partner was Jesus Christ. Three years he was with the Lord in Arabia and remained unknown to the churches.

Paul returned to Damascus and Barnabas brought Paul to Jerusalem. Vs 27

Barnabas told them how Saul had preached fearlessly in Damascus Acts 9:27

Acts 8:1-3
Acts 9:1-31
Acts 22:1-29
Philippians 3:5
Gal 1:17-24



Related links


The Apostle Paul: Partners on his First Missionary Journey


The Apostle Paul: Partners in Antioch


Bible verses for Paul’s Missionary journeys



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