We are now in the book of Galatians! In chapter 1 as Paul begins addressing the church in Galatia he says this, “14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.” This reminded me of my sermon titled, “A Faith of My Own.” When we grow up we often end up relying on the faith of our parents without truly seeking a relationship with God for ourselves, but there comes a time in life when your parents won’t be there to intercede, it will just be you, and God. In Paul’s case he was taught the doctrine of his fathers and it took divine revelation to separate him from such. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary had this to say, “In preaching the gospel, the apostle sought to bring persons to the obedience, not of men, but of God. But Paul would not attempt to alter the doctrine of Christ, either to gain their favor, or to avoid their fury. In so important a matter we must not fear the frowns of men, nor seek their favor, by using words of men’s wisdom. Concerning the manner wherein he received the gospel, he had it by revelation from Heaven. He was not led to Christianity, as many are, merely by education.” Christianity is your own personal relationship with God, it can’t be taught, influenced, or injected. It comes by divine revelation that Jesus is our Lord, who died, rose again, and is coming back! My heart goes out to those raised in different faith who know nothing but what their parents taught them. Thankfully he is the same God who revealed himself to Paul. Let’s pray that divine revelation be given to those that cannot see, that non-believers will be given the desire to know him. The same was given to the people of Athens who built an altar to “The Unknown God” in Acts 17:23. God sent Paul to reveal that God to them by the Holy Spirit. The same revelation will continue in this generation. We will be his mouthpiece in Jesus name!
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