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Galatians 1:22-24

Posted by heyrandy on July 8, 2010

22And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judea which were in Christ:

23But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

24And they glorified God in me. Gal. 1:22-24 AV

Paul continues his defense of his apostleship by telling the Galatians that the churches of Judea did not know him by “face,” that is by sight. They had never met him. If they had never met him, he never visited and so never had the opportunity to learn the gospel from them. His gospel is purely from the Lord.

He distinguishes the churches as being in Christ. The word translated church means assembly. There were many assemblies in Judea. There were lots of synagogues mentioned in the Gospels, so here Paul is careful to state that he is talking about assemblies of believers.

In verse 23 he quotes the churches. We notice that the AV does not have quotation marks. These were a later invention, so in  1611  the translators did not use them. We know this is a quote because of the upper case That. It says “they heard.” Word got around. It always does. This was big news. To have a dangerous enemy of the churches suddenly begin preaching the very message he previously tried to destroy is not long kept a secret.

The churches “Glorified God in me.” Indeed they should. Paul’s conversion was entirely God’s doing. There was no decision on Paul’s part until after God had done His work. Today there is a lot of emphasis on decision. It is all up to you. A large section of the modern church believes that God is impaired without human cooperation. The case of Paul proves otherwise. God is in control of all things at all times.

The churches in Judea glorified God on account of Paul. Would they glorify God on account of you?

Homework assignment: give them reason to glorify God on your account.

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