๐Ÿ‘‘ Paul Tells Others About His Gospel

It is true thatย nowย there is but one gospel and Godโ€™s curse is pronounced upon any who would presume to proclaim any other (Gal.1:8,9), but those who suppose that Paul proclaimed the same good news which the twelve before him had proclaimed, should carefully read Galatians 2:1-9.

The twelve had been proclaiming our Lordโ€™s kingdom rights in โ€œthe gospel of the kingdomโ€. With the kingdom having been rejected, however, God raised up Paul to proclaimย โ€œthe Gospel of the Grace of Godโ€ย (Actsย 20:24). In Galatiansย 1:11,12, this apostle declares:

โ€œBut I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man, for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.โ€

This is only one of many passages in which he declares that he was commissioned to proclaim a special message by the glorified Lord Himself (Eph.3:1-4; Rom. 16:25; etc.).

Now in Galatians 2:2, the apostle states: โ€œI went upย by revelationย [God sent him] and communicated unto them [the apostles and elders at Jerusalem] that gospel which I preach among the Gentilesโ€ฆ.โ€ But was he not merely checking to make sure that he and they were preaching the same good news? No, for he goes on to say: โ€œBut [I went] privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vainโ€.

Verses 7 and 9 then go on to tell how โ€œthey sawโ€ and โ€œperceivedโ€ the grace that had been given to Paul, so that they publicly and officially gave him โ€œthe right hands of fellowshipโ€, acknowledging him as the apostle of grace, sent to the world with a message of grace:

โ€œBeing justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesusโ€ (Rom. 3:24). source

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[โ€ฆ] To St. Paul, the chief of sinners, saved by grace, God revealed the greatest riches of all. Paul said: โ€œUnto me, who am less than the least of all saints is this grace given, that I should preach among the nations the unsearchable riches of Christโ€ (Eph. 3:8). These riches include, among other things, โ€œall the riches of the full assurance of understandingโ€ (Col. 2:2). How wonderful to have an intelligent understanding of Godโ€™s plan of salvation and of all He has purposed in His heart of love for those who accept the salvation He has provided through Hisโ€ฆย Read more ยป

[โ€ฆ] Is that how fast youโ€™ll hold to Pauline truth if you lose everythingย you hold dear? You donโ€™t have to hold yourย truth fast to be savedโ€“but you should hold it fastย as if you did,ย as if your very eternal life depended on it. After all, the eternal life ofย your hearersย will depend on how tight a grasp you maintain on the truth of Paulโ€™s gospel. [โ€ฆ]

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