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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.)

Commentary:

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.

Selected Bible Verse

Our Selected Daily Bible Verse is made up of selected Bible verses usually consisting of 2-4 verses from all parts of the Bible meant to encourage and build us up as we walk in faith.

 

The Christian Walk

James 4:4

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Return to the Lord

Jeremiah 3:22

"Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings." Indeed we do come to You, for You are the Lord our God."

Our Salvation is at Hand in Christ

2nd Corinthians 6:2

For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

God Does Not Judge by the World's System

Matthew 19:30

But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Our Time is Brief, Charity and the Gospel Matter

Psalm 103:15–17

As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children.

Jesus, Our Comfort in Troubled Times

2nd Corinthians 1:4

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

The Joy of the Spreading the Gospel

Colossians 1:28

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.

The Holy Spirit's Work in Our Hearts

Hebrews 10:24–25

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Heaven Rejoices Over Every Believer

Luke 15:7

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Know the Signs of the Times

Matthew 16:3

You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don't know how to interpret the signs of the times!

In the Last Days People Will Scoff God

2nd Peter 3:3-4

"Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, 'What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.'"