1Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
In Acts 26 the Apostle Paul, who out of dedication to a Jewish order of men called the Pharisees had dedicated his life to persecuting the followers of Jesus, tells how the he was confronted by the Spirit of the Risen Christ and from that moment on dedicated his life to sharing the Good News of Jesus with gentile (non-Jewish) communities throughout the world.
Many years later, when factions within the church demanded that these new gentile believers follow Jewish customs in order to be accepted into Christ’s Church, Paul writes his letter to the Galatians to assure these young believers that the life of faith has nothing to do with fulfilling the customs, codes and (least of all) the expectations of other human beings, that salvation comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Read: Galatians 1:1-5; Acts 26:9-18
Respond: Questions for Reflection and Discussion
- Paul, as religious as he was, experienced a radical change pf mind on the Damascus road. In what ways has your mind changed and your thinking grown since you first accepted Christ?
- In what ways is God currently challenging your thoughts, ideas and ways of thinking
- What specific actions may God be calling you to take in order for you to live out changes that Christ has made in your heart and/or mind?
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