Good afternoon everyone, thank you for joining me today and welcome to (Dee's Thoughts). please pass these blogs on to friends if you desire and thank you for reading and your comments. I so enjoy all of them. Keep them coming. Today we are going to look at a passage in Galatians that looks at the life of Paul before and after his conversion. let's begin...
I want you to know brothers that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address, made the infamous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
In Galatians, Paul is dealing with false teachers who are distorting the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were saying, “Don’t ask what Jesus can do to save you, but what you can do to save yourself.” Paul was saying the opposite, “Don’t ask what you can do to save yourself, but ask Jesus to save you.” The only way a human being can experience salvation is through the grace of Christ. This distortion was saying that Christ was not enough to save and was causing the Galatian believers to abandon the truth.
John Stott describes Paul’s pre-Christ condition in this way… “He was a bigot and a fanatic, whole-hearted in his devotion to Judaism and his persecution of Christ and the church.
Now a man in that mental and emotional state is in no mood to change his mind, or even have it changed for him by men. He was a content Jew with deep convictions about his religion and his practice. Nothing was going to change Paul’s mind ...No man at least!
But then, Paul has an encounter with Jesus and Verse 15-16 says it all. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.
So, there we have it…In and of ourselves we can do nothing apart from Jesus, Oh we can try and we do try at times don’t we? But usually our attempts apart from Christ fail and they are not as fulfilling as when we are speaking His words and being taught and led by Him and not man.
Just like it says in Galatians 1:11-12. So let’s not ask Christ “what can I do for you”, but rather, “what do you want to do for me”? We cannot save ourselves. Let Him change your life!
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