I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.Galatians 1:11-17 NIV
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.
A number of years ago I was walking through street markets overseas. Each stall had their own version of an ‘authentic Rolex watch’ and each stall owner would provide a sales pitch that would make even the best daytime TV salesman proud. However, the reality was, the Rolex watches these salesmen were attempting to sell were anything but authentic. Even the logo text was written ‘Rolecks’.
Humans love a bargain. If something is cheaper or easier, it is incredibly attractive. But often, if you look a bit closer, the quality or the origin may not compare to the real thing.
When Paul is saying “the gospel I preached is not of human origin” he is saying that this isn’t a man-made message, but rather he “received it by revelation”, it truly is a supernatural message.
The gospel message isn’t man’s attempt to reach up and understand God, but instead, it is God’s message to come down and communicate with man by revealing Jesus to us.
The amazing reality of a relationship with Jesus is that we can receive revelation from him and He wants to have relationship with us.
What is something you are wrestling with in your faith and you need Jesus to give you a revelation?