Paul the apostle (Gal. 1:1)

“Paul an apostle,


Neither by human commission

Nor from human authorities,

But through Jesus Christ

And God our Father,

Who raised him

From the dead.”

Παῦλος ἀπόστολος, οὐκ ἀπ’ ἀνθρώπων οὐδὲ δι’ ἀνθρώπου ἀλλὰ διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς τοῦ ἐγείραντος αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν,

Paul opened his letter.  “Paul (Παῦλος), an apostle (ἀπόστολος), sent neither by human commission (οὐκ ἀπ’ ἀνθρώπων) nor from human authorities (οὐδὲ δι’ ἀνθρώπου), but through Jesus Christ (ἀλλὰ διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ) and God the Father (καὶ Θεοῦ Πατρὸς), who raised him (τοῦ ἐγείραντος αὐτὸν) from the dead (ἐκ νεκρῶν).”  This letter of Paul to the Galatians does not start out with the usual praise and thanksgiving.  This was a warning epistle much like 2 Corinthians.  From the very first verse, Paul defended himself.  He was not sent by humans or those in human authority.  He maintained that he got all his authority from God our Father and not any other humans.  God had raised Jesus Christ from the dead, so that Paul’s message centered around the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, nothing else.  Where does your Christian message come from?

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