The Epistles of Paul have been attacked and twisted from the very days of Paul himself. Today they are twisted and perverted so as to appear to mean the exact opposite of what they do mean, turning Paul’s teachings to keep God’s Word with passionate zeal into an excuse to minimize and compromise with the law and the Word of God.
While Alexander spread Hellenism with his conquests, Aristotle was the tutor of Alexander and the author of Hellenism; which is merely Aristotelian logic; and modern Transformative Education is merely the logic of Aristotle; which is the foundation of modern Rabbinic Judaism and Catholic based professing Christianity.
This logic starts off with a reasonable appearing but false premise and then uses often beautiful logic to come to an erroneous conclusion.
To begin, a careful study through the scriptures and especially the Epistles of Paul is essential to ground the brethren in the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture and protect them from the attempts of wicked men to lead them astray.
Watch that PREMISE! If the opening assumption [the premise] is wrong; then good logic will reach a wrong conclusion. Always watch that premise!
In Galatians Chapter 1 Paul introduces his subject.
To understand the various epistles, it is necessary to understand who they are written to and to understand a little something about the subject and the times.
The book of Galatians was written to the people of the Greek province of Galatia. Among these people were Gentiles who knew nothing about the things of God until they were converted and certain Jews also lived among these Gentiles. And these Jews wanted the Galatians to be circumcised in order to be integrated into the Mosaic Covenant, not fully understanding the spiritual circumcision of the New Covenant.
Paul was writing on the subject of circumcision, to point out the meaning of circumcision, and to point out the spiritual New Covenant meaning of the subject of circumcision.
Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, not called of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him, [raised Jesus Christ] from the dead.
Paul says that he was not appointed to serve [was not ordained] by any man, but was called directly by God the Father and by Jesus Christ. He was not ordained by any man.
Those who idolize ordination by men should listen to Paul here. He says that he was not ordained or called or chosen by any man, but was called directly by God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Nearly all men who were ordained of men have proved out to be ungodly men, because they were not ordained according to the scriptures, but ordained for their loyalty to other men.
Now of course, if God should COMMAND a man to ordain a specific person for a specific responsibility or as their successor; God should be obeyed.
A major question is who should be ordained and the answer is that no man should be ordained until and unless God makes it very clear that the person is God’s choice; at that point the ordaining is only an acceptance of what God has already decided.
People should only be ordained according to God’s criteria.
No one should be ordained because of a college or seminary education, no person should be ordained who does not meet the scriptural requirements for ordination; being of full age and well experienced in life and in the faith; having been married and raised up children, BEFORE any ordination.
1:2 And all the brethren which are with me unto the churches of Galatia: 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, [that is, the will of the one who is God the Father]. 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Paul was astonished that they had so quickly turned away from the spiritual New Covenant.
1:6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel.
Paul is amazed that they [and we also] are turning away from the gospel of Christ; turning away from the true gospel of sincere repentance and zeal to live as Christ lived and lives; being perverted into a false gospel of a tolerant of sin Jesus.
1:7 But this is not another [there is only one true gospel which is the whole Word of God, therefore the deceivers are teaching a false so called gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again; if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
Paul pronounces a curse on anyone who changes from the doctrines that were originally preached by Christ and later by Paul. Paul says, I told you the truth [God’s Word is truth]. Therefore, let anyone who is perverting that truth be accursed.
This curse is on all those who follow the LIE that we are to follow whatever men say and are not to be zealous to live by every Word God, or who teach the LIE that Jesus Christ is tolerant of sin.
Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Paul says, I am not trying to please either the Jews or the Gentiles. I am pleasing God. I am a servant of Christ and what I am telling you is the truth of Christ and is not for the benefit of any particular group, either Jew or Gentile. It is the truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel, which was preached of me is not after man. 1:12 But I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul is clearly saying that these things were revealed directly to him from Jesus Christ. Whether through inspiration or direct teaching, one can argue that, but the point is that Paul was not taught these things by Peter or James or John or any of the other apostles or disciples. Paul learned and understood these things through the direct inspiration and teaching of Jesus Christ.
Those who accept the Primacy of Peter heresy, the false doctrine that Peter was the chief apostle, and that God only works through one man, should ask themselves why Christ did not use Peter to teach Paul.
Why did Jesus Christ directly call teach and inspire Paul, and teach Paul these things? why did Jesus not reveal these things to Paul through Peter? I think that is a valid question for those who stand by the Primacy of Peter teaching.
1:13: For you have heard of my conversation or conduct in past time in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 1:15 but when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.
Paul appeals to the Jews and tells them how very zealous he was for the Mosaic Covenant and for the religion of his people, the religion of the Mosaic Pharisees. He said, I was very zealous for these things, I know them, I understand them; and I know where you guys are coming from. But when I was struck down in the flesh, I immediately conferred, not with flesh and blood, but with the spiritual Jesus Christ.
Jesus was changed to a spirit at his resurrection, he became a spirit and he appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus. So, Paul was not then conversing with flesh and blood, with human beings; but with the real Spirit Jesus Christ.
He did not receive this inspiration or this understanding or this knowledge, from Peter or any of the other apostles. He received it directly from Jesus Christ.
1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem unto those, which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Paul was struck down, and as we know in the book of Acts, he went to Damascus where he received his sight back in part. And after a time, he went to Arabia and then he returned to Damascus. This does NOT say that Paul was in Arabia for three years as some have wrongly taught.
Paul writes that he went up to Jerusalem three years after he returned to Damascus from Arabia, which means that Paul was in Damascus for three years after returning from Arabia before going to Jerusalem.
1:18 And then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter and abode with him 15 days.
Paul stayed in Damascus for three years AFTER he returned there from Arabia, the time in Arabia is not stated.
Paul says that he did not even speak to Peter until more than three years after he saw Christ. And he did not speak to the other apostles during that time either.
1:19 But others of the apostles saw I none, except James the Lord’s brother. 1:20 Now, the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I do not lie. 1:21 afterwords I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 1:22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judea which were in Christ.
After three years in Damascus after returning from Arabia, Paul went to Jerusalem and spent 15 days with Peter and visited with James and then left Judea and went to Syria and Cilicia. He was still unknown in personal appearance or by his face to the people of the Ekklesia in Judea which were in Christ.
Paul is emphasizing to the Jews and to the Gentiles in Galatia, that he was taught by Christ, that he was inspired and taught by Christ directly, and was not taught through Peter, or James, or John, or anybody else.
That says a lot about this idea that Peter was the chief apostle, and that God only works through one man, which is simply not true! God works through whomever God wants, whenever God wants, wherever God wants and in whatever way God wants.
1:23 But they that had heard only, That he which persecuted us in past times now preaches the faith which once he attacked and destroyed. 1:24 And they glorified God in me.
More than 3 years after seeing Christ on the road to Damascus, and then 15 days in Jerusalem, and then after another 14 years, Paul goes back to Jerusalem a second time.
Paul was called directly by God and was NOT ordained by any man, and God used this unordained by man person to write a very large part of the New Testament.