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We shall have opportunity to consider this claim to revelation when dealing with
Gal. 1: 16. Meanwhile let us rejoice that we are counted worthy to inherit so glorious a
message, and pray that we may be in our small degree as faithful to the trust as was Paul
the apostle of Jesus Christ.
No.52.  GALATIANS.
Paul's Independent Authority (1: 15 - 24).
pp. 189 - 193
Paul has now asserted in unmistakable terms his independent Apostleship and Gospel,
and his assertions have been supported by very strong proof derived from the manner of
his upbringing and the moral impossibility that from such soil there should grow, without
Divine intervention, such a plant as the Gospel of the Grace of God proved to be. The
apostle might have left the matter there, and proceeded forthwith to the great theme of his
epistle, but he knew the kind of antagonists these Judaizing preachers were, and how any
unexplained association that he may have had with the apostles at Jerusalem could easily
be distorted into a tacit acknowledgment of his indebtedness to that body. He therefore
uses the words  "not . . . neither . . . but"  once more, and shows his complete
independence of all human authority especially the authority vested in the apostles at
Jerusalem.
We shall find him therefore meticulously going over the ground he traversed after his
conversion on the road to Damascus, how he resolved "immediately" that this was a case
for a clean cut with "flesh and blood", how he avoided both "Jerusalem" and those who
were "apostles" before him, but that on the contrary he went away from all human
contacts into "Arabia", and returned to Damascus.
Three years elapsed before he paid a friendly visit to Jerusalem "to see Peter", but
even on that occasion he declared on oath that he saw no other apostle save James the
Lord's brother. After that visit he traversed the regions of Syria and Cilicia, but was
personally unknown to the churches of JudŠa. All they knew of him and his activities
were to the effect that the Persecutor had now turned Preacher, and they had glorified
God in Him and on this account.
Galatians 1: 15 - 24.
A | a | 15, 16. "In me." His Son revealed. En emoi.
b | 16. "Preach Him." Euangelizomai.
c | 16. "I conferred not with flesh and blood."
B  |
d | 17. "Neither went . . . but I went" apelthon.
e | 17. "Returned again unto Damascus."
d | 18-20. "I went up . . . I lie not" anelthon.
e | 21. "Afterwards I came into . . . Syria, Cilicia."
A |
c | 22. "Unknown by face."
b | 23. "Preacheth the faith . . . he destroyed." Euangelizetai.
a | 24. "In me." God glorified. En emoi.