Why Paul?


Paul Not Commissioned or Ordained by the Twelve or by the Messianic Church
A. Paul was an “outsider” and had not receive letters of recommendation (2Cor.3:1-5)
B. Paul repeatedly declares his apostleship was “not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father! (Gal.1:1)
C. Paul was separated personally by the Holy Spirit for the “work whereunto I have called them” (Ac. 13:1-4)
D. Paul did not “confer with flesh and blood” (Gal. 3:16)
E. Paul could say “in conference they (The Twelve) added nothing to me” (Gal. 2:6)
F. Paul said in the Greek he was a commissioner or commission by Jesus Christ Himself and not be any human agent or agency (Gal. 1:1)
G. Paul says “in nothing was he behind the very chiefest of the apostles” (2Cor. 11:5; 1Cor. 2:11)
H. Paul mentioned that he did not get his gospel from Peter; it was Paul who informed Peter about the Gospel of Grace! (2Pet. 3:15-16)
2. Paul’s Unique Call Directly From Heaven by Christ
A. Paul was directly called, converted and commissioned by Christ in heaven (Ac. 9:1-6)
B. Paul was a “chosen vessel” (Ac. 9:15)
C. Paul was commissioned personally by Christ from heaven (Ac. 9:15)
1. Christ personally appeared before Paul (Ac. 22:14-15; 26:16)
D. Paul was “ordained an apostle” by Christ himself (Rom. 1:1-5; 1Tim. 2:7)
E. Unlike the Twelve Paul was commissioned to go to the Gentiles (Ac. 22:21; Eph. 3:7; Rom. 15:16, 18, 1Tim. 2:7; 2Tim. 1:11)
G. Paul’s Defense of His Apostleship Is Substantiated in 28 Ways in Galatians 1 and 2
1. Paul, an apostle not of men (Gk “apo” =from) as to source (1:1
2. Neither by (Gk. “dia”) through man as to its transmission (1:1)
3. But through (instrumental case) Jesus Christ (1:1)
4. And God the Father (same instrumental case) (1:1)
5. Who raise him from the dead; Paul’s detractors placed him as “Johnny come lately” (1:1)
6. Paul’s gospel was exclusive and not to be altered or eternal damnation is certain (1:7-9) Paul mentions three types of perversion of the gospel; they are:
A. A contrary gospel- “Another gospel” (hetron euaggellion)
B. A competitive gospel- “A different kind of gospel” (a par euaggelion)
C. A corrupt gospel- “A perverted gospel” (metastrepsal to euaggelion)
7. Paul’s entire apostleship was done “in the sight of God” (1:10) “in the sight of God” is mentioned by Paul nine times!
8. Paul’s gospel was not of any human imagination “after men” (Gk. “kata” or “according to” (1:11)
9. Paul’s gospel was not transmitted by men –“not from men” (1:12
10. Paul gospel was not due to his human study or education; he was “not taught” it (1:12)
11. Paul’s gospel came by direct revelation from Jesus Christ excluding any human or human agency (1:12)
12. Paul could not have received his gospel from his prior training due to his intense hatred shown toward believers and his zealousness for the Law (1:13-14)
13. Paul’s apostleship and gospel was determined by God prior to Paul’s birth (1:15-16)
14. Paul’s apostleship and gospel was independent from others; “he immediately did not confer with flesh and blood” for confirmation or ordination (1:16)
15. Paul did not go to the Messianic Church at Jerusalem for ordination from the Twelve (1:17)
16. Paul was schooled for three years in the Arabian University under the Professorship Jesus Christ (1:17)
17. Paul only spent fifteen days with Peter and not all of the Twelve; not much time for Paul to be straightened out by Peter (1:18)
18. Paul did not see the “college of apostles”; he saw only the Apostle Peter and James leaving Paul without a consensus of the other apostles backing to enhance his own apostleship (1:19)
19. Paul went the opposite of Jerusalem heading for Syria and Cilicia (1:21)
20. Paul was not only unknown to the Twelve; he was “unknown by face to the churches of Judaea” (1:22)
21. Paul had no communications with the Twelve or the Messianic Church for fourteen years! (2:1)
22. Paul did eventually go to Jerusalem; however not at his or the Twelve’s invitation but by revelation (2:2)
23. Paul instructed the Twelve “the gospel which he preached among the Gentiles”; it was from him alone they could learn of his gospel of grace! (2:2)
24. Paul added something to the Twelve who had a reputation; however they were not able to add anything to him and his message (2:6)
25. Paul withstood all of the Twelve for seeking to compromise grace by commingling grace and law by insisting on Titus being circumcised (2:3-5)
26. Paul stood alone refusing to buckle under the pressure of the Messianic Church “even Barnabas was carried away with their dissimulations (Gr. hypocrisy) (2:5, 10-14)
27. Paul’s apostleship was recognized by the entire Messianic Church as an independent ministry (2:7-9; Ac. 15)
28. Paul’s open rebuke of Peter as the spokesperson for the Twelve showed that he had apostolic authority (2:11-18) (BY DRC)

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