A Note from Our Pastor:
“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,”Ephesians 3:3
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
Now the Apostle Paul is going to begin to explain how he acquired the knowledge and understanding regarding the salvation which we have received.
For the original 12 Apostles, and even Judas’s replacement, the requirement was that they had been with Jesus throughout his ministry unto his death. In Acts 1 we are told that Matthias had been there since the baptism by John the Baptist through Jesus’s ascension into glory. Thus, because they had walked with Christ they learned about the salvation secured for the elect through his own teaching and first had observation.
But for Paul, an Apostle out of season, the understanding had to come a different way. In this verse Paul tells us that his knowledge came by revelation. Paul is making the point that he did not learn it from other men, not even the original Apostles, but his knowledge and understanding came directly from God.
In writing to the Galatians, Paul would record that he did not receive his knowledge and understanding from another man nor was he taught it, but that it was revealed unto him by Jesus Christ himself.
This is an important point for Paul and one he emphasizes repeatedly. The significance being — Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles and as such he wants it to be understood that he is not teaching these churches the traditions of other men but is teaching them the truth, the mystery, as Jesus Christ has revealed it unto him.
Thus, as we study and attempt to understand the truth of our salvation today we can take comfort in the fact that the writings of Paul are original source documents. They are not legends, fables, or traditions passed down but his recording of the direct revelation of Jesus Christ unto his people.
Our Prayers are with you daily,