Week 3: How Paul Got The Gospel
It seems that the people who had come to the Galatian Christians with a “gospel” (v 7) which challenged Paul’s had been making some claims about Paul’s integrity or reliability. In these verses, he begins to defend himself.
Read Galatians 1:10-12
- What kind of challenge does Paul appear to be answering in v 11?
- Why would this claim be damaging to Paul’s argument that his gospel is the true one?
- How did Paul receive his gospel (v 12)?
What a great encouragement to trust our lives and futures to this message!
Saul (also known as Paul) was going to Damascus to take Christ’s people prisoner; he ended up entering Damascus as a prisoner of Christ!
Paul’s conversion is a great reminder that no one is beyond the reach of Jesus. If the Lord can turn this persecutor into a preacher, he can bring anyone to faith.
- Are there people you know who you don’t really think could ever become Christians?
Why not pray for them right now? And why not keep praying for them daily?
Perhaps “some people” (v 7) were claiming that Paul had just got his message from “HQ” in Jerusalem, and were saying: “We’ve also been trained there. And we say Paul didn’t give you the whole story. There’s more to this gospel message than what he’s said.”
But Paul had been preaching his divinely given gospel for three years before ever going to HQ (see v 15-20)!
- What results do you see in Galatians 1:10 of a gospel-changed life?
- Whose approval could Paul seek (v 10)?
If we know God’s approval, we don’t need to fear any disapproval from people. And, as we’ll see as we work through Galatians, the gospel tells us that God’s complete favour and approval are already ours, through Christ.
To many of us, verse 10 will come as a challenge. We tend to think we can do both: live Christianly and enjoy popularity. Paul is quite clear that there will be many times when we will need to choose one or the other.
- In which parts of your life do you most easily find yourself wanting to please people more than Christ?
- To serve Christ in those areas, what needs to change?