GALATIANS 1:11-24 – “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came †through the revelation of Jesus Christ…”
In this passage, Paul opens a broadside against the false teachers who came to the Galatians churches to claim their authority and dispute Paul’s authority. They sought to dismiss the gospel Paul preached because they claimed it rested on his own authority. They supported their claim by pointing to the Mosaic Law, specifically that of circumcision. To them, that seemed reasonable, since their claim not only reached back into ancient history (for them), but it defined them as God’s people He delivered from the Egyptians and placed His mark on them as His chosen people. How could Paul begin to argue against such insurmountable evidence? To the Judaizers, it was an uphill battle for Paul to make any other claim. How could anyone reject the established Mosaic Law that had more than 1,300 years of acceptance? Additionally, how could anyone simply cast aside centuries of traditions the Jewish fathers taught in their interpretation of the Mosaic Law? Law and tradition were like hand and glove – inseparable.
However, since Paul received direct revelation from Jesus Himself, he staked his claim on that which was greater in significance – the promise of Messiah. Promise had far greater value than the Mosaic Law, because promise stood as the grounds for faith whereas the Law catered to the flesh by inciting sin through the fleshly nature. The promised Messiah came prior to Moses and saw His fulfillment apart from Law through grace (John 1:16-18).
Paul will take his readers through several arguments to explain the superiority of God’s promise over the Mosaic Law later in his letter by showing:
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