10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.
19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.
20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.
23 But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”
24 And they glorified God in me.
(Gal 1:10-2:1 NKJ)
- Paul was being accused of preaching a cheap/fake/incomplete gospel what were the arguments that the Judaizers posed as evidence of this?
- To defend His gospel message what aspect of the gospel will Paul emphasize according to verse 15?
- The authenticity of the Gospel depends on a gospel that is purely from God and not fabricated by man, how can we ensure that we believe, preach and live an authentic gospel?
- How can God’s selection of us, based only on His pleasure, be an encouragement to us (vs.15)?
- Paul’s calling and preparation began before being in his mother’s womb. What does this teach us about God’s preparation of us for his service- both pre-conversion and post conversion?
- Paul preached to the Gentiles after having received grace not in order to receive grace. Why are we sometimes tempted to serve the Lord to gain his love rather than serve Him because we love him?
5. Paul’s testimony was an encouragement to others to glorify God. How can we give our salvation testimony in a way that is a help rather than a hindrance?