Let’s dig deeper into Paul’s motives from our blog yesterday. There are several reasons why the gospel held such a tight grip on his life. To start with, Paul experienced a dramatic salvation; one that made it perfectly clear how sinful his past had been. There was no mistaking that he could not live with any part of the old life in Judaism which fostered hatred to those of the Way. The Author of faith, Jesus, had confronted the old “Saul” and there was no going back to the old life.
Before being launched into his calling – preaching the gospel, disciple-making, planting churches and establishing them in the faith and leadership - Paul was given a course in Arabia for about three years. There he learned in quietness with the Lord what the gospel really meant through divine revelation.
The strength of this revelation and glory of the gospel gave Paul the necessary courage to stand up to men like Peter and Barnabas who were being “hypocritical” and leading others astray. As Paul saw what was taking place, he realized “that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:14).
For Paul, the need to confront those who preached “a different gospel” (1:6) was imperative so “the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you” (2:5). When will the Church rise up and stand for “the truth of the gospel”? Every human issue is resolved by this TRUTH.
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