We come back to the series on Paul’s life and ministry, looking at his missionary ways that were so effective they are recorded for us in Scripture. As the gospel expands and the Holy Spirit falls on the Gentiles as He did the Jews, a question is brought to the church in Jerusalem as to whether these Gentile converts must be circumcised in order to be saved?
Peter states what he saw God do very clearly: “And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:8–9). In the same way, Barnabas and Paul “related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles” (15:12). Notice that the agreement forged in Jerusalem about the new converts was not in developing a doctrine to fit their past perceptions of Judaism or traditions, but in what God was doing at the moment by the Holy Spirit.
As Paul lays out the pure gospel in Galatians, he clearly points out that he did not receive the gospel from man, nor did he “go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before” him. He “went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus” (Gal. 1:12, 17), the very place where he met Jesus, who turned Paul’s life around. I have no doubt from this record that the time he spent with the Lord in Arabia was where the gospel became abundantly clear to him.
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