10 years ago today, I was ordained into the ministry. It has been a joy and I love my people at church. Thank you, it is a joy serving you.
Galatians 1:1–5 (ESV)
1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the
dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
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.
The author identifies himself as “Paul”
and the intended audience as the churches of Galatia. Paul wrote this letter in response to the issue of whether or not a Christian should be circumcised.
Paul identifies himself as “an apostle–not
from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.” Why does Paul feel compelled to claim he is “an apostle”. Well, I could write a couple of pages on this issue, but I won’t.
Many people believed that Paul was a “self proclaimed” apostle. Paul was not around from Jesus baptism and all the time up to his death and resurrection. He came around after Jesus’ ascension... so was he called by Jesus as the
others? It is true that Paul comes in the picture after Jesus ascension and it is probably true that Paul never met Jesus during his ministry. But Jesus did come to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus. If you read Paul’s conversion,
you will see that Jesus did call Paul... he set him apart as a “vessel” to serve the Gentiles. Many of the people were scared of Paul and he had to win them over as a Christian, because they knew him as a persecutor. Yes... Paul was
I pray: O Lord, you converted the hard hearted Paul, we call on your help for the seeds of faith that we plant in our community. It is not us who converts, but you O Lord. Help
us to be crazy when we plant the seeds of faith. Help us to not pick and choose who we share the Gospel, but to share with all. Amen.