Sunday 21 June, 2020

Galatains 1:11-12

11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Paul is at pains to make it clear that the gospel he preached is of God, not a man-created philosophy. This was because the Galatians were being corrupted by the Judaizers, who were preaching a salvation based on rules. But our salvation is based on grace.

This gospel of grace was also crucially for all – not just Jews (Rom 16:25-26). Simeon the priest praised God for this gospel when he described Jesus as “ a light of revelation to the Gentiles” in Luke 2:32.

Revelation shows something not previously known. Revelation of the gospel flows from a personal encounter with God not through following rules (rules like good deeds, regular church attendance). Paul’s personal encounter with Jesus left him blind and stopped him in his tracks. These verses and reflecting on Paul’s experience remind me that encounters with our God are like that – they change our hearts and minds to be more like His.

This revelation given to Paul by God was ground breaking because it was a revelation of salvation by grace, not law, and it was for Jew and Gentile – everyone. I am so grateful for his grace.

What ground breaking revelation does God have for me today?

Dear Lord, thank you for salvation by grace through Jesus. Please continue to reveal yourself to me. Open my heart and mind to your revelation today. I am expectant.  Amen

Written by Claire Moore

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