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NMOCM wrote:When Paul talks about the Law, he means Mosaic Law (of which he was a respected scholar) not the commandments of Christ to the Apostles.
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Clearly, he could not have received his gospel from the apostles in Jerusalem. He preached the same gospel that they did, but his authority as an apostle was not derived from their apostolic authority. He was not a “sub-apostle,” but a full-fledged one. He was, as he said at the start of this letter, “an apostle – not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father.”
May 4 11 3:34 PM
Grace Institute: The Pauline Epistles: Galatians: Introduction
The false teachers coming to Galatia said that they had been sent by the church in Jerusalem . In contrast, Paul did not have the backing of the apostles in Jerusalem . Therefore, Paul's teaching was not credentialed by the top church leaders. Paul defends his apostolic authority by showing that his calling came directly from God and not from the church in Jerusalem .
Paul begins his defense by recounting his heritage. He used to be a devout Jew persecuting the church ( 1:13 ) and zealously defending Jewish traditions ( 1:14 ). Therefore his teaching was not a result of his upbringing nor was it due to an ignorance of the Jewish Law. Instead his teaching came directly from God who called him to this work from the time before he was born ( 1:15 ). His authority was from God, not from any human ( 1:16 ).
If the church in Jerusalem had ordained him, then the church in Jerusalem could also revoke his credentials (as was being argued by Paul's opponents). However, if his calling was from God and not the church in Jerusalem , then the Jerusalem church did not have authority to rebuke him for his teaching. Therefore, Paul establishes his divine ordination by demonstrating that it was impossible for the church in Jerusalem to commission him because he had only visited Jerusalem twice since his conversion.
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