|Galatians 1:11-18 |
11 But I testify to you, brothers, that the gospel, which was preached by me, did not come from man.
12 For neither did I receive it from a man, nor was I taught it, but rather through the revelation of Jesus Christ.1
13 For you have heard of my conduct in time past in the Jewish religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and tried to destroy it.
14 And how I excelled in the Jewish religion in my nation above many of my equals, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my forefathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him2 among the heathen; I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.
17 Neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before I was; but I went into Arabia, and then returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and stayed with him for fifteen days.
2 Jesus was revealed in Paul by God so that Paul could preach. This is the qualification of a true minister of Christ: to have the Son revealed in him before preaching. This is the personal experience of the Second Appearance of Jesus Christ, or the Return, or the 2nd Coming. Paul also said: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col 1:13. And: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. So here, Paul testifies to the Revelation (the second appearance) of Jesus Christ in him, being translated into the Kingdom, and Christ living in union with him; all the great promises, experienced by Paul while alive, and witnessed for our benefit.