3:14–16), so that the truth received can be understood. In Acts 11:5, Page 1721, Peter the apostle received a revelatory vision that all of the animals were clean to eat. Paul received the gospel of grace by direct revelation from our Lord Jesus Christ. 4.2 Peter’s Vision of Animals . I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. The Secret of the Blinding of Israel. Please respond to confirm your registration. Direct revelation is a term used by some Christian churches to express their belief in a communication from God to a person, by words, impression, visions, dreams or actual appearance.Direct revelation is believed to be an open communication between God and man, or the Holy Spirit and man, without any other exterior (secondary) means. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. 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). His point is that he received the gospel of grace exclusively from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gal. 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. In verse 17, Paul prayed for the spirit of revelation in the knowledge of God. 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. 2. v. 16). 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. (1:12b). but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. But Paul was not content merely to make the claim. 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. Throughout the history of the church many people have falsely claimed such revelation, as many do today. Supernatural revelation communicates to humanity truths that which transcend human reason although are not opposed to it (e.g. It is one thing to claim direct revelation from God but another to prove it. The gospel was not invented by men nor transmitted to him by any human being. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. But he did not believe those teachings were true and thus had no grasp of their spiritual meaning and significance. He also knew that Jesus not only dispensed with the rabbinic traditions but even with the ceremonial laws of Moses. Register. Before his conversion Paul could have accurately stated many of the central teachings of the gospel. 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. It was only after he himself at Damascus (Acts 9:1–16) came personally to encounter and to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that he received the supernatural truth of the gospel through divine revelation. 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. 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 you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. 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. Berean Study Bible Paul lived in Ephesus for 2 years (Acts 19:10) during which the church received direct personal apostolic direction at his hands. This is the most natural way to read the verse, and there would be nothing surprising about this conclusion on the basis of the rest of Paul's life, since he was an apostle. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Paul has the distinction of being the only other author beside John who received direct revelation from Jesus. 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. We sent you an email. 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. What he now believed and preached he neither received … from man, nor was … taught by man. Please respond to confirm your registration. 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. © 2020 Grace to You. 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. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. With few exceptions, Jews “invalidated the word of God for the sake of [their] tradition” (Matt. An obvious question arose: does such direct divine revelation continue today? The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Galatians 1. And what was revealed to Paul has subsequently been revealed to us because Paul teaches it to us through his words. Paul had known that Christians believed Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Paul wrote in Romans 11.25-27, 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. It was not that he had no previous knowledge of Jesus. 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. Many of the traditions not only were not taught in Scripture but contradicted Scripture. Paul went to seminary at the feet of Jesus Christ. And for Paul the details and distinctions of that gospel truth came by special revelation directly from God (cf. 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. Paul had known that Christians believed Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Paul is defending himself, insisting that he received the truth of the gospel in a direct revelation from Jesus as well. Nor did he expect his readers to believe him simply on the basis of personal assertions. Is the experience of Paul unique to Him or is he an example of what each one of us should expect today? 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. In addition, he had received a direct revelation from Jesus Christ regarding the message of the gospel -- the same message he proclaimed. He could have no better seminary professor. 15:6). 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). But consider this scenario. Paul wrote in Galatians 1:11-12, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. Paul received it by direct revelation. But Paul’s teaching and preaching had no such human basis. 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. The gospel was not invented by men nor transmitted to him by any human being. 2:2) S. There was no human source for Paul’s message. 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. 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. 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. Guest. All rights reserved. Illustrate St. Paul's distinct claim to apostleship on the ground of a direct call and revelation from the Lord Jesus. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. 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. 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. The Acts of the Apostles relates how Paul likewise received his independent vision. 23:6), he had discarded every unscriptural notion he had learned in that man-made religious system. Jesus Christ is best understood as the object of that very revelation. That statement was particularly directed against the Judaizers, who received their religious instruction primarily from rabbinic tradition by means of rote memorization. Log In Paul wanted to make sure the Galatians understood that he had more experience with the Jewish law than any of the Judaizers. 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. Throughout the history of the church many people have falsely claimed such revelation, as many do today. However, Paul says in Galatians 1:11-12 that he did not receive the Gospel from man. 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. To King Agrippa, Paul said, "I was not unfaithful to the heavenly vision." Paul is caught in a lie (there will be more). Surely there is no intimation that Paul received the revelation of Ephesians … 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. 1 Cor 11:23 is one of many verses (including Eph 3:3-4, which I address directly in my answer) that demonstrate Paul's contiuing revelation, which is my fourth bullet point and statement, "Paul continued to receive understanding through the Holy Ghost." 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. If Paul had been obedient to the Law, Onesimus would have been free. Paul has the distinction of being the only other author beside John who received direct revelation from Jesus. The Apostle Peter confirmed Paul's words as Scripture. Paul wrote his epistle to Ephesus about 58 to 60 AD. Nor did he expect his readers to believe him simply on the basis of personal assertions. Registered User Jesus Christ is best understood as the object of that very revelation. Paul's teaching has stood the test of time and so we have to conclude he was a special case. Guest. 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. Paul was given the task of explaining the ministry of Christ to the Gentile (non-Jewish) world. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. He was an eyewitness in the sense of having seen Jesus after His death (1 Cor. What he now believed and preached he neither received … from man, nor was … taught by man. Paul DID NOT pray for just any general revelation. "I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood," (1:16). 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. 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. Thus, in Galatians 1:10-12, he relates that he had a distinctive, revelatory experience paralleled only by the Twelve. There was no human source for Paul’s message. but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. This means that no one prophet received all God's will at any one time. Instead, the revelation came gradually, or "partially," to many different men over a long period of time. 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. In response, it is important to note a couple of observations. Log In 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. 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. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, (1:12a). (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. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. Register. It was not that he had no previous knowledge of Jesus. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. 1-2). 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). But Paul’s teaching and preaching had no such human basis. 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. Others think that he received it from St. Luke’s writings (for the words are quoted according to his Gospel). Therefore, Paul certainly had the authority to teach and preach the Gospel. He prayed for a SPECIFIC revelation, a revelation that would be saturated IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. John W. Ritenbaugh The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 24) The Judaizers apparently argued that Paul was not one of the original 12 apostles trained by Jesus during his time on earth. Paul’s gospel was faith + 0–a totally new revelation. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 plainly says that someday the gift of prophecy would cease, because it was only partial. 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. 9:1). It was only after he himself at Damascus (Acts 9:1–16) came personally to encounter and to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that he received the supernatural truth of the gospel through divine revelation. Today we continue the series by T. Austin-Sparks based on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. 15:6). Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. Mark 1.4, 16.16). Paul’s Message Was Directly from Christ. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, (1:12a). Paul also believed his message to be divine. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. Paul had to show the relevance of Jesus' death and resurrection to the Gentiles. This is in direct conflict to the law, which provides freedom from slavery, Deuteronomy 23:15-16, Jeremiah 34:13-17. All rights reserved. v. 16). With few exceptions, Jews “invalidated the word of God for the sake of [their] tradition” (Matt. Revelation is from apokalupsis and means an unveiling of something previously secret. The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Galatians 1. The verses following our text become for us an authentic explanation, given by the risen Christ, concerning his sacrament. Gal. 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. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation is from apokalupsis and means an unveiling of something previously secret. Paul’s Message Was Directly from Christ. 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. Some scholars understand the expression "from the Lord" to mean that Paul received his knowledge of the Lord's Supper by direct illumination from the exalted Lord, as he received knowledge that Jesus was the Messiah on the Damascus road.13 However, in view of the language and the content of the tradition, this is highly unlikely. 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. 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. 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