But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Barnabas and Saul said. He was trying to keep the governor from believing. Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.” Instantly mist and darkness came over the man’s eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him. Acts 13:8-11
Holy Spirit is the Authority when it comes to witnessing, preaching the Good News and leading souls to Christ.
Paul’s authority in this passage was not in his calling or title, but in the very action of preaching the Good News to those Holy Spirit has sent him!
So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:4
When it comes to soul winning it is all the work of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit flows (gives wisdom) thru’ the vessel that He use to preach the Good News and Holy Spirit is the one who convicts of sin (gives grace) in those who listen to the Good News.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you… And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…” John 16:7-8
Anything or anyone that hinders this communication is of the devil!
Paul knew He was sent by the Holy Spirit and the governor wanted to hear the Good News (“The governor invited Barnabas and Saul to visit him, for he wanted to hear the word of God. Acts 13:7). So Paul had completely let Holy Spirit’s Authority to be exercised to win that key person – who in turn would influence the further of the Gospel in entire Paphos region!
If Holy Spirit was that zealous for spreading the Gospel back in Acts 13, how much more passionate and zealous He is now and want to send us in His authority!
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4