Paul is an apostle not because another human being called him to be so, but because Jesus the Christ and His Father, God, called him to be so. Paul often acknowledges that he is what he is because of Christ’s death and resurrection. The present age is evil, but we do not despair, because we have hope that He who gave Himself for our sins will deliver us according to God’s will.
(6-10) No Other Gospel
There is only one Gospel – the Gospel that proclaims Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior. There are some, however, who distort the true Gospel and try to turn it into a different Gospel. We must be on guard against believing a distorted Gospel.
(11-24) Paul Called by God
Due to his radical salvation conversion experience, Paul has no doubt that the Gospel does not come from any human being, but only from and through Jesus the Christ. We can only receive it and understand it through revelation given by Him. Only the one true Gospel that comes from Christ has the power to change lives as Paul’s life was changed. Before he was even born, God had set Paul apart and called him to be an apostle and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles and the Jews. This calling was not evident in Paul’s B. C. (before Christ) days, but when God has set someone apart for His service, you can be sure that they will begin to serve Him – some how, some way, some place. During his A. D. (after Christ) days, Paul did not fail in glorifying God with the remainder of his life. He faithfully preached the faith he once tried to destroy, and helped the church he used to persecute.
Favorite verse: (15) But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.