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Paul explains his gospel to the brethren at Corinth.

Paul explains his gospel to the brethren at Corinth.

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  • 1.  Judaizers were causing problems in Galatia.  “Even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (1:8).  But, what made the gospel Paul preached the definitive gospel?  That’s a valid question.  Paul’s argument is roughly: “My message came from God.”
  • 2. DIVINE MESSAGE vv 11-12, 16-17
  • 3.  “I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man” (v 11).  ESV: “The gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.”  The gospel upsetting so many in Galatia was according to man.  “Certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved’” (Acts 15:1).
  • 4.  “I neither received it from man” (v 12).  “Receive” was used for the passing on of Jewish customs.  Paul was not taught the gospel.  He stresses that in vv 16-17.
  • 5.  “It came through the revelation of Jesus Christ” (v 12).  We know that Scripture originated with God, not with man.  2 Tim 3:16-17.  2 Pet 1:20-21.
  • 6. DIVINE METAMORPHOSIS vv 13-16
  • 7.  The Galatians had heard how Paul persecuted the church.  “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3).  Paul’s description of his persecution.  “I persecuted” = “I was persecuting.”  “Beyond measure” = could not be quanitified.  “Tried to destroy it” = annihilate.
  • 8.  He advanced beyond many of his contemporaries in his studies.  “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today” (Acts 22:3).
  • 9.  God changed all that.  God set Paul apart before his birth.  A likely comparison to Jeremiah.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5).  God may not have set us apart from before the womb, but He gave us talents to use to His glory (Matt 25:14-15).
  • 10.  God called Paul through grace.  Paul was called as an apostle (Rom 1:1).  This call came through grace.  God has abundant grace (1 Tim 1:14).  If God could use a persecutor like Paul, what can He do with your life?  God revealed His son to Paul that he might preach among the Gentiles.  “Last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time” (1 Cor 15:8).