Galatians 1:11-12 NKJV
“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 Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia, he begins by referring to himself as an apostle – sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead (Galatians 1:1). He later states in verses 11 and 12 (above) that this gospel is from God. I believe Paul is making the following very clear to those receiving this letter:
- He did not receive the gospel from any other person.
- No one taught it to him.
- He received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
The definition of “revelation” is: A surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way.
For three years, Paul actively pursued wisdom and knowledge directly from God (Galatians 1:18). I imagine him studying the Old Testament scriptures with a new set of eyes after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. The gospel truly was coming alive to him!
During this time, Paul spent intimate time with God and received wisdom and knowledge–an understanding of God’s Truth. He probably looked back on that day Jesus met him, when he became blind for three days (Acts 9). His heart pursued the Lord’s heart. His desires became the Lord’s desires. He received His Revelation.
Your personal application:
The Lord has a revelation for you, too! Take time to pursue His heart. Surrender your desires for His. Lean in and listen for His voice as He cannot wait to share more of Himself with you today! Prepare yourself to receive your new revelation of Jesus Christ!