OK.....I admit it...I'd love to have been able to spy on a couple of guys! Yes, I guess they call that voyeurism, but I sure would have been able to do that! I would have loved to have spent 3 years of my life spying on Jesus and Paul. Well, I guess I really don't have to be able to do that as Paul recorded all of what Jesus spoke in his Epistles. Yes, Paul recorded the Word of God! He Heard from the Word and passed on what the Word said to him and taught the same exact thing to those he taught and still teaches; you and me! Thus, Paul's quoting the exact words of the Word, become the Word too. Get it?
Anyway, Paul says this in Galatians 1: 11-12, "Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ." This is a very important verse of Scripture. When Paul writes to the churches he isn't sharing what he thought about issues. Rather, he emphatically states the new direction that the Church is to take, leaving the Law behind and going forth into the "new way" of the New Covenant.
He goes on to say in Chapter 1 (verses 15-18a) "But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia and later I returned to the city of Damascus. Then THREE YEARS later I went to Jerusalem...."
Paul sat down for a period of three years, both in Arabia and in Damascus. It was there Jesus taught him the wonderful revelations of New Covenant Grace. Yep, here's where I would have loved to be a spy! Can you imagine Paul sitting alone on a big stone in the middle of the desert listening and questioning Jesus about all of this dramatic, very earth-shaking teaching? Paul, a Pharisee, a follower of the Law of Moses, is being told by God Himself, that the Law, the "Old way that leads to condemnation and death" has been replaced by the "New Way which leads to life." Wow! If I could have only been hiding behind a bush and observing this! But....wait....I have observed this! I just observed this some more and now I'm actually sharing my observations with you! You see, I've just heard from the Word of God and I'm sharing the Word of God with you.
I am a spy! Every time I read Paul's words from the pages of my Bible, I'm spying on what happened. What an awesome experience! I trust that you too are spying on Paul! Let's do more spying together this week and fill our hearts with the Word of God! Glory!
Grace and peace!