I’ve recently begun work towards a Ph.d which is taking me into a deeper study and understanding of God and his never ending grace. In one of the first lessons into the book of Galatians I found myself thinking a lot of how the apostle Paul had been chosen by God and commissioned by God to go out and proclaim the message of grace and mercy.
Paul early in his ministry found himself in a place where his message and methods, and in fact his entire ministry were being called into question. But this did not dissuade him. The established church at the time in which was not did not feel him qualified to preach the word because he had not been in seminary and trained to be one of them.
Sometimes, like those in Paul’s day we have forgotten that we aren’t called to ministry and the calling of God because of the ceremonies and methods of man. We are called into the work of the lord because of his grace demonstrated on the cross at Calvary.
The book of Galatians is one that reminds us that we are saved alone by the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Paul was specifically chosen and converted by God. His life before and after his conversion is one that demonstrates a life radically changed for the glory of God.
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born,[d] and who called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to[e] me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
Paul was a man truly after God’s heart. He faced a life wrought with adversity, illness, and tragedy but it never kept him from preaching the true and only gospel. The early church in Galatia had been infected with false teachers leading God’s people astray. Paul with boldness proclaimed that there was only one way to be saved from the depravity of this sinful world and our sinfulness. It was only through the lord Jesus Christ.
At times in life I believe that we can get to a point where we tend to believe that we can go to heaven through our good works. As I stated early. Paul had a radically changed life. He went from persecuting, and hunting down those early believers to becoming a man that established many of the first initial churches. But all of those things were a outpouring of the love and grace of God through Christ. Paul had experienced a transformation in his soul that made him love Christ and he had no choice but to share that message all the rest of his days.
I often tell people that if God can change Saul into the mighty man of God into Paul, and he can change me, then he can do wonders with you.
In the coming weeks, I hope that you’ll join me in taking a journey through the book of Galatians as we learn about grace, salvation, and how we can live a radically changed life for Christ.
God bless you, and remember that Brenda and I love you and that God does too.