Episode 81 Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ Paul said that the gospel he preached did not come through any man, but by direct revelation of Jesus Christ. Remember that Paul received his abundance of revelations about 46 A.D., about the same year the door of faith was opened to the Gentiles (Acts 14:27; II Corinthians 12.1 to 12). Paul went to seminary at the feet of Jesus Christ. The Acts of the Apostles relates how Paul likewise received his independent vision. But consider this scenario. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. Log In Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. Jesus Christ is best understood as the object of that very revelation. John W. Ritenbaugh The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 24) 3:14–16), so that the truth received can be understood. Guest. That is what the gospel he received by revelation did. Many of the traditions not only were not taught in Scripture but contradicted Scripture. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. Log In Proverbs 29:18 The Voice Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness. The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Galatians 1. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. This response no doubt reflects another of the Judaizers’ accusations against Paul, namely, that he had been taught his doctrine by the apostles in Jerusalem, who had also abandoned Judaism. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. Paul is caught in a lie (there will be more). Paul’s gospel was faith + 0–a totally new revelation. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. No Jew had more reason than Paul to boast in his accomplishments in Judaism; but everything he had accomplished in the flesh before receiving Christ he counted “as rubbish” (Phil. He obviously had known that Christians believed Jesus was the Son of God and the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, because it was for those claims that Jesus was most criticized and eventually crucified (Luke 23:2, 35; John 5:18; 10:30). The religious ideas they took seriously and attempted to live by were the man-made traditions related to their unique community culture that had accumulated over the previous several hundred years. They were also at odds. Nor did he expect his readers to believe him simply on the basis of personal assertions. We sent you an email. This means that no one prophet received all God's will at any one time. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. This article is also available and sold as a booklet. What he now believed and preached he neither received … from man, nor was … taught by man. Gal. Therefore, Paul certainly had the authority to teach and preach the Gospel. Paul lived in Ephesus for 2 years (Acts 19:10) during which the church received direct personal apostolic direction at his hands. But Paul’s teaching and preaching had no such human basis. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Thus, in Galatians 1:10-12, he relates that he had a distinctive, revelatory experience paralleled only by the Twelve. But he did not believe those teachings were true and thus had no grasp of their spiritual meaning and significance. You assume Paul had contact with “the other apostles.” The only apostles mentioned he had contact with in any quantity were Peter and James, with Peter being the only one of much note. His point is that he received the gospel of grace exclusively from the Lord Jesus Christ. The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Galatians 1. Summary: 33 A.D. - Paul's Conversion The verses following our text become for us an authentic explanation, given by the risen Christ, concerning his sacrament. Paul wrote his epistle to Ephesus about 58 to 60 AD. But Paul was not content merely to make the claim. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. This response no doubt reflects another of the Judaizers’ accusations against Paul, namely, that he had been taught his doctrine by the apostles in Jerusalem, who had also abandoned Judaism. All rights reserved. Peter received a revelation of the mystery of the Gentiles, and it helps us understand the working the Spiritual Gift of the Word of Wisdom. As he explained to the Corinthian church, it is only when a person turns to the Lord that the veil of spiritual ignorance and separation from God is removed (2 Cor. In the next 12 verses, therefore, the apostle proceeds to substantiate his claim by presenting irrefutable evidence of that divine revelation and of his apostolic credentials. He prayed for a SPECIFIC revelation, a revelation that would be saturated IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. All rights reserved. 2:2) S. (1:12b) The gospel Paul preached and taught was neither a human invention nor a human tradition, but was given to him directly by God through a revelation of Jesus Christ. It was not that he had no previous knowledge of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 plainly says that someday the gift of prophecy would cease, because it was only partial. © 2020 Grace to You. Surely there is no intimation that Paul received the revelation of Ephesians … What he now believed and preached he neither received … from man, nor was … taught by man. but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul is writing long after the fact of receiving his testimony and knowledge of the word. There was no human source for Paul’s message. If St. Paul had a distinct revelation on the matter of the Lord's Supper, we must regard it as a divinely instituted ordinance or sacrament. but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 4.2 Peter’s Vision of Animals . There was no human source for Paul’s message. 2. The religious ideas they took seriously and attempted to live by were the man-made traditions related to their unique community culture that had accumulated over the previous several hundred years. Register. To King Agrippa, Paul said, "I was not unfaithful to the heavenly vision." Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. Registered User Paul was given the task of explaining the ministry of Christ to the Gentile (non-Jewish) world. Their theology, moral standards, and ceremonies had roots in God’s revealed Word of the Old Testament, but the biblical truths and standards had been so diluted and distorted by human interpretations that the Judaism of New Testament times was largely received … from man and taught according to man’s interpretation. The Judaizers apparently argued that Paul was not one of the original 12 apostles trained by Jesus during his time on earth. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. Paul had to show the relevance of Jesus' death and resurrection to the Gentiles. Paul’s Message Was Directly from Christ. The gospel was not invented by men nor transmitted to him by any human being. Mark 1.4, 16.16). Jesus Christ is best understood as the object of that very revelation. In the eyes of many Jews of that day-just as in the eyes of many professing Christians today-Scripture was a religious relic that deserved superficial reverence but not serious study or obedience. Which one is it Paul? In verse 17, Paul prayed for the spirit of revelation in the knowledge of God. Revelation is from apokalupsis and means an unveiling of something previously secret. Before his conversion Paul could have accurately stated many of the central teachings of the gospel. Neither translates oude, which is here used emphatically, meaning “not even.” The idea is, “Not even I who might so readily have been taught by men was so taught.” Although he had been highly trained in rabbinic schools and was “a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of [Jewish] religion” (Acts 26:5; cf. Paul's teaching has stood the test of time and so we have to conclude he was a special case. Instead, the revelation came gradually, or "partially," to many different men over a long period of time. In the next 12 verses, therefore, the apostle proceeds to substantiate his claim by presenting irrefutable evidence of that divine revelation and of his apostolic credentials. This creed was probably composed shortly after Jesus' crucifixion by various Christians. In the third story, however, Paul received full revelation on the spot. Is the experience of Paul unique to Him or is he an example of what each one of us should expect today? © 2020 Grace to You. Berean Study Bible In the eyes of many Jews of that day-just as in the eyes of many professing Christians today-Scripture was a religious relic that deserved superficial reverence but not serious study or obedience. Paul has the distinction of being the only other author beside John who received direct revelation from Jesus. It was for the very reason that he did know something of Him and His work that he had fiercely persecuted those who believed in Him. It is one thing to claim direct revelation from God but another to prove it. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. Although the Scriptures, especially the Torah, or law, were ritually given the highest honor, they were not honored by the people through direct study and sincere obedience. Guest. Although the Scriptures, especially the Torah, or law, were ritually given the highest honor, they were not honored by the people through direct study and sincere obedience. Paul himself saw Jesus via revelation on his encounter on the road to Damascus (Acts 9, 22, 26) in which Christ revealed Himself to Paul. We find that he received direct revelation from the Lord. He prayed for us to have heavenly vision also. Please respond to confirm your registration. In response, it is important to note a couple of observations. 1-2). He also knew that Jesus not only dispensed with the rabbinic traditions but even with the ceremonial laws of Moses. Paul had known that Christians believed Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. The others were inspired in their research and writing, but only John and Paul had this direct revelation and personal encounter with the ascended Christ. And for Paul the details and distinctions of that gospel truth came by special revelation directly from God (cf. Some think that Paul received this from the Lord by immediate revelation (as it is thought Moses received the history we have in Genesis and part of Exodus, which relates to a time before he was born, or arrived at man’s estate). If Paul had been obedient to the Law, Onesimus would have been free. An obvious question arose: does such direct divine revelation continue today? 3:4–8), and even the elements of the story of Christ that he knew prior to his conversion were shallow and empty because of his unbelief. (1:12b). Many scholars argue that Paul likely received this creed from the Jerusalem apostles (cf. With few exceptions, Jews “invalidated the word of God for the sake of [their] tradition” (Matt. Paul also believed his message to be divine. v. 16). Register. Supernatural revelation communicates to humanity truths that which transcend human reason although are not opposed to it (e.g. Paul received the gospel of grace by direct revelation from our Lord Jesus Christ. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came by revelation of Jesus Christ," (1:11,12). English Standard Version For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. The word “revelation” means an uncovering, unveiling. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. The gospel was not invented by men nor transmitted to him by any human being. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. Rather than studying the Scriptures directly, most Jews-religious leaders and laymen alike-looked to human interpretations of Scripture as their religious authority and guide. Paul has the distinction of being the only other author beside John who received direct revelation from Jesus. Direct revelation from evil spirits can also occur. It was not that he had no previous knowledge of Jesus. 9:1). GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. (Gal. With few exceptions, Jews “invalidated the word of God for the sake of [their] tradition” (Matt. However, Paul says in Galatians 1:11-12 that he did not receive the Gospel from man. Others think that he received it from St. Luke’s writings (for the words are quoted according to his Gospel). The others were inspired in their research and writing, but only John and Paul had this direct revelation and personal encounter with the ascended Christ. But he did not believe those teachings were true and thus had no grasp of their spiritual meaning and significance. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Illustrate St. Paul's distinct claim to apostleship on the ground of a direct call and revelation from the Lord Jesus. Rather than studying the Scriptures directly, most Jews-religious leaders and laymen alike-looked to human interpretations of Scripture as their religious authority and guide. The gospel Paul preached and taught was neither a human invention nor a human tradition, but was given to him directly by God through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote in Galatians 1:11-12, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. But Paul was not content merely to make the claim. No Jew had more reason than Paul to boast in his accomplishments in Judaism; but everything he had accomplished in the flesh before receiving Christ he counted “as rubbish” (Phil. And what was revealed to Paul has subsequently been revealed to us because Paul teaches it to us through his words. It is one thing to claim direct revelation from God but another to prove it. In this revelatory vein, I’ve been thinking through the first half of Paul’s testimony in Galatians 1, and considering the broader implications of the fact that Paul received direct divine revelation. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. This article is also available and sold as a booklet. v. 16). He became the Apostle Paul - the greatest missionary the church has ever seen. Paul’s Message Was Directly from Christ. 3:4–8), and even the elements of the story of Christ that he knew prior to his conversion were shallow and empty because of his unbelief. Paul DID NOT pray for just any general revelation. He could have no better seminary professor. (1:12b) The gospel Paul preached and taught was neither a human invention nor a human tradition, but was given to him directly by God through a revelation of Jesus Christ. At the writing of the book of Revelation, Ephesus had left her first love. 3:14–16), so that the truth received can be understood. 1:11-12) R. Paul by revelation went to The Twelve in Jerusalem to teach them about the Gospel he preached among the Gentiles clearly implying his Gospel was different from that of The Twelve (Gal. Throughout the history of the church many people have falsely claimed such revelation, as many do today. Paul received it by direct revelation. The Secret of the Blinding of Israel. That statement was particularly directed against the Judaizers, who received their religious instruction primarily from rabbinic tradition by means of rote memorization. He was an eyewitness in the sense of having seen Jesus after His death (1 Cor. The revelation was most likely simply a directive from God to go up to Jerusalem to talk with the apostles. Nor did he expect his readers to believe him simply on the basis of personal assertions. He also knew that Jesus not only dispensed with the rabbinic traditions but even with the ceremonial laws of Moses. Paul is defending himself, insisting that he received the truth of the gospel in a direct revelation from Jesus as well. In addition, he had received a direct revelation from Jesus Christ regarding the message of the gospel -- the same message he proclaimed. Registered User We sent you an email. Like Paul, as John was on the Island of Patmos, he received revelation of past, present and future events, Remember his reaction- He fell on his face and worshiped. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, (1:12a). As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. Before his conversion Paul could have accurately stated many of the central teachings of the gospel. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. "I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood," (1:16). but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 15:6). Throughout the history of the church many people have falsely claimed such revelation, as many do today. Paul’s “secret” gospel contained no works such as baptism, which had been required for salvation by the gospel of the kingdom (Acts 2.36-38; cf. Based on what is implied in this context, supplemented by other related passages in Acts and Second Corinthians, there isn't any doubt that Paul was under attack. but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Their theology, moral standards, and ceremonies had roots in God’s revealed Word of the Old Testament, but the biblical truths and standards had been so diluted and distorted by human interpretations that the Judaism of New Testament times was largely received … from man and taught according to man’s interpretation. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, (1:12a). 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