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Jesus Calls and Trains Paul for Ministry Part II
Bible Verse Galatians 1:16-20
I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother. (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
Paul had just seen the risen Christ, and as a result his whole world was turned upside down. Everything he thought he should do for God was wrong. Paul after his conversion went down into Arabia. The actual location was called "Nabatean Arabia." This was a region which stretched from east of Damascus and southern Syria down through Jordan and much of modern Saudi Arabia and into the Sinai Peninsula. We know with Paul's conversion, he was immediately indwelt by the Holy Spirit as is true for all followers of Christ. Therefore, it was no doubt the Holy Spirit who played a part in Paul's retreat into the wilderness. In the wilderness, Paul studied scripture and was taught by the risen Lord Himself. We should note that the total time of Paul's conversion, till he returns again to Damascus was three years. This means his actual time in the wilderness would have been less than that. However taken into the wilderness by God, Paul was prepared for ministry, to be specifically sent to the Gentiles, by the Lord Himself. Here in part of his letter to the Galatians, Paul is recalling these events.
This was necessary, as we can tell from the last statement made in this section of the letter. The Judaizers were suggesting that Paul had lied about his apostolic appointment. Moreover, there is another amazing point we shouldn't overlook with Paul's conversion. Prior to Jesus, God's dealings were primarily with the nation of Israel. Israel held the oracles of God, which is the scripture. God had revealed Himself to the Jewish people and they alone had a covenant relationship with God. So with Paul's conversion and Peter's witnessing to Cornelius we are seeing God's revelation now available to the Gentiles. God through His grace and mercy has made it possible for the Gentiles to be grafted into the family of God and receive salvation. Also, we should note these details mean that there is a gap between Acts 9:25 and Acts 9:26. That gap is the three years which passed as Paul was prepared for ministry. Also by reviewing Paul's conversion experience, we better understand and see clearly his apostolic calling directly by Jesus. The apostles were those men directly called and trained by Jesus, and we see that is no different in Pauls case. That is why he speaks of his conversion here to the Galatian Christians.