The Gospel has been reveled to Paul not by human origin but by Jesus Christ. If it is thus for Paul it is also for us. Paul’s main point is that each of us know Christ by salvation and have Christ revealed to us, and so we discern what is Truth by the Power of the Holy Spirit within us. Yet the Galatians were swayed by missionaries who preached a perverted Gospel and had they been listening to Christ they would not have been so moved off of faith’s grounding– the Gospel.
Here Paul directs us as to how Christ’s Truth comes to us in community. As we listen to the Holy Spirit we, at times, check with others to confirm what Holy Spirit is saying to us. We are Christ’s Church and our thoughts and prayers align in the Holy Spirit. Notice that Paul speaks less to individual faith and mainly to the community of believers as a whole. He offers himself as a model for discipleship or an authoritative pattern for us to follow.
Paul tells us that when Christ’s Revelation came to him he did not check with other believers, the apostles, but simply followed Christ’s instructions to go offer salvation in Jesus Christ to the Arabians for three years (other scholars suggest he followed the footsteps of Elijah to Mt. Sinai (1 Kings 19:1-18) for three years), then returns to Damascus (just as Elijah had done)(1:17). Through him believer’s communities are founded, Churches are started, and Paul stays in community with them to teach faith.
Paul tells that he was formerly the foremost persecutor of Christians (1:13-16)– he had zealously followed the Old Testament law, which is what led him to persecute the Christians. His meaning is not lost on us: to follow the old law is not to follow Christ. Christ gives us everything we need. We are Christ’s ‘servants’ (v. 10) as we witness to Christ’s Resurrection, the New Birth in Christ, and acceptance of the New Covenant given to us by Christ. We, Christ’s global Church, live in New Testament faith fully placed in Jesus Christ alone. We affirm this with Paul saying, “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in Me.” (2:20)
The Galatians did not have Luke’s Acts Of The Apostles in hand. In this letter to the Galatians Paul says nothing about the blinding Light on the road to Damascus or the Voice from Heaven.Judaism begun