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Galatians 1:10-12

Posted by heyrandy on May 22, 2010

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the a gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:10-12 AV

The only thing that does not have an origin is God, and we normally do not speak of God as a “thing.” Since God is the only eternal entity, we are lead to ask What is the origin of everything else? We know from Genesis that the universe was created by divine fiat. Once created, the lesser orders were fashioned from that material.

But what of the gospel? Is it created or eternal? What is its source? From where does it originate?

We know that the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world, so this gives us some indication of the gospel’s origin. This enters into the difficult world of lapsarian controversy.

However, the theoretical order of the divine decree is not what Paul is discussing. Paul is here attesting that the gospel he preached to the Galatians is the authentic Truth. It is essential that the Galatians be reminded of this. They have drifted away from the gospel to “another gospel: which is not another [i.e., not of the same essence]” 1:6-7. Paul implies the question “Where did I get that which I preached to you?” Paul then answers his question: I got it from God! Paul avers that the gospel he preached was not of man. v. 11

It is important to deal with original sources. This is why genuine Christianity is so concerned with the Bible. It is the original source document. Paul returns to his source: the gospel man Jesus Christ. The chain of conveyance is short. The gospel came from Christ to Paul to the Galatians. This is  where the chain ends. No additional links are needed to complete the gospel. The Galatians received the total amount, the full dose, when Paul was with them.

Paul gives us two negatives in his statement of how he received the gospel. He states  that he neither received it nor was taught it by man. v. 12. This is in keeping with his statement that he is not a man pleaser. If his message had been anthropogenic, Paul would have had to be loyal to the author. But since Paul’s gospel was of divine origin, Paul is not required to be faithful to anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul (and every Christian) is faced with a dilemma: to whom does one owe one’s loyalty? To Paul it was clear. He could not be a servant of Christ if he were trying to please men. It is a case of trying to serve two masters. Jesus said that this was impossible. Everyone who has tried knows that the Lord  was correct. (Surprise!)

Paul does not qualify the word servant. He does not say that if he pleased men he would be an unfaithful or unworthy or inferior servant of Christ. If Paul pleased men, he would be unemployed. Paul was certainly an unworthy servant of the Lord. Who is not? This is the amazing thing about grace.

Paul is establishing a contrast between him and the false teachers. We can infer from the things Paul is saying that the source of the false doctrine is of man, that the false teachers seek to please men, and that there is no room for compromise.

It is important to know your source of information. When it a matter of Christianity, the source is the Bible. Everything else is secondary. The most secondary sources do is to make you aware of things in your primary source you have missed. Good secondary sources make you think about what you are doing. The secondary sources in Galatia were not good. They did not cause people there to delve deeper into the Bible to gain a greater understanding of Truth. These were corrupting influences that were leading the churches away from the Truth into a man-centered gospel. This was not true service to Christ.

Homework: List the major beneficial and deleterious secondary sources affecting modern day Christianity. How have the influenced your view of the gospel?

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