When first coming face to face with the Lord of Glory, the persecutor was stopped dead in his tracks, and his question to the Lord was his first act of faith. He knew it was the Lord. He needed an answer as to who the Lord was. The answer provided knowledge, yet must have filled Saul with fear, for it was the very answer he did not want to hear. He knew that he was the enemy of Jesus, and probably fully expected instant doom. Yet this answer of grace from our Lord was a foreshadowing of the new dispensation, the reign of grace where God delights to show grace and mercy to the very worst of His enemies. And this question of “Who art thou?” was Saul’s beginning and the answer was the beginning of revelation to him.
And I [Saul of Tarsus] answered, Who art thou, Lord? And He said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. [Act 22:8]
Life goes on, and we begin know the Lord, but oh how much we don’t know as we walk that journey.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. [1Co 13:12]
As the life of faith continues, we begin to understand that knowing our Lord is our life’s greatest goal, and that goal becomes our daily quest:
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; [Phl 3:10]
There are many things which we may never know before they are revealed in glory, but as we press on toward that goal, the joy that comes when we can say that we know Him!
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. [2Ti 1:12]