“For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12).
Paul has claimed that only the gospel preached by him, is the true gospel. That raises the question how Paul can be so sure. Why should people trust him, not other teachers with a different opinion? Well, Paul says, I did not make this up myself, nor did I receive it from other people. Jesus Christ Himself revealed it to me. And He is the most trustworthy
source of information we can imagine.
When Paul was not yet a believer, he met the risen Jesus personally. This encounter has changed Paul’s life completely. “I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you
have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you’” (Acts 26:15-16).
That’s exactly what Paul has done ever since: sharing what Jesus has taught him. Much of his teaching has been handed down to us in the Bible. We can be sure that the Bible teaches us the truth, for its message comes from God!
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