We continued our Bible study on Galatians this week. We looked at Paul's call to minister and the knowledge that his commission came directly from God:
"I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. "(Galatians 1:12 NLT)
We discussed the fact that Paul had always been a man of zeal and even in his days of persecuting the church, this was something he believed was a service to God. It took a miracle to reveal to him the truth of Christ and change his course, channelling all his zeal for God in the right direction.
In chapter one verses sixteen to eighteen, it becomes apparent that Paul spent much time alone with God, learning directly from Him before his public ministry began. We talked about the importance in our own lives of time in the hidden place with God before entering public service. It is important to recognise the voice of God and receive our personal commission directly from Him before beginning active service.
We looked at how many believers rejoiced in Paul's conversion:
"All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” And they praised God because of me. "(Galatians 1: 23, 24 NLT)
We talked about forgiveness and the importance of not holding things against any person when God has forgiven them.
In Chapter two we discussed the fact that Paul was looking for unity in what was being taught amongst them. We looked at how Paul felt his commission was particularly to the Gentiles, whereas Peter, James and John felt more of a call to the Jews. However, the important factor lies in the evident unity between all, and the recognition of the call of God on others in different ways. And so it is true of us today, that the call of God leads in different ways. The important thing is for each one of us to receive our commission from God Himself; to be careful to follow His leading, and to walk united with one another for His glory in every aspect of our work.