Paul and the other early preachers

Galatians Bible Background

09.23.2017 – New Testament: Gal 1.18–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Galatians 1 on September 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

God revealed the resurrected Jesus to Paul, making Paul qualified to serve as an apostle. Therefore, he had nothing to gain, such as approval, from the other apostles and preachers who served before him. Truly, he tells us of the time that passed before he met Peter,

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1.18–19). 

If Paul needed something from the other apostles to make him a genuine apostle, then he would have met with all the apostles and he would not have waited three years before meeting one of the seeming pillars of the church (Galatians 2.9), Peter.

Paul did meet the Lord’s biological half-brother, but James did not confer anything on Paul because the Lord made him a preacher of the gospel.

Questions:

  • Who makes you what you are?
  • What is your function in the church?

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