by Harley Howard

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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 1:1-12
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Harley Howard

1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but
by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him
from the dead;)

Paul begins his letter by defending his Apostolic call
by Jesus Christ and God, the Father. He takes the
gloves off in this epistle. Why did he have to do
this? Because the Judaizers who continued to follow
his trail, spread lies, innuendoes in an attempt to
destroy his character, thus rendering his message
useless to the hearer. It was an attempt by the
heretics to elevate themselves and their "not another
gospel, gospel" by saying that the message that Paul
preached was a lie, that it was not the gospel and
should not be heeded to. This was reason enough to
take off the gloves for the following reasons:

> Paul’s entrance into the Apostolic ministry was not
human, but divine. To deny that is to call Paul,
Christ and God, the Father liars.

> A man’s integrity is worth fighting for.

> Liars need to be exposed.

> The eternal destiny of souls were at stake.

> The message of the gospel is so important that any
deviations from it means that the saving impact is
null and void. These false teachers told the Galatian
believers that Paul failed to give them the complete
requirements for salvation. In simple terms, Paul and
his message were to be discredited.

Paul defended his qualifications as an apostle against
the attacks of the Judaizers. He was called to be an
apostle by God, and the gospel of grace he preached
came from God, independent of the Jerusalem apostles
(in fact, they even approved of both). Paul called
himself an Apostle. The word, “Apostle” means—“a
delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders from
Christ.” Paul’s calling was unique from the call of
the original 12 Apostles, as we will see, because he
was called by the resurrected Christ. Paul declared
that his Apostleshi ...

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