I well remember my days in the corporate world. It was a shock to my upbringing and fourteen years of working with a humble Christian brother. Most of those around me in the manufacturing company often talked about climbing up to the next level in management. Most of the advice only fed the human ego and pride.
Paul had been on the same path. “If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.” (Philippians 3:4–6). He was in the inner circle with the high priest, getting written approval from him to carry out his hatred of followers of “the Way.”
Listen to the dramatic turn that took place in Paul’s life after Damascus; “But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone [flesh and blood]” (Galatians 1:15–16). The grace of God made this huge difference.
As we saw yesterday, Paul received the gospel “through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:12). No human can do that! Now that he had this “revelation,” Paul realized that his direction would come from the same source. While it is right to lean on others for godly wisdom, it must always be measured by the Word of God and our personal fellowship with Him. The divine message must be carried and presented by divine guidance and power.
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