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Book of Galatians

Day 7

READ Galatians 1:18-20
Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

In these verses, Paul continues to recount his early experiences in ministry following his conversion. He emphasizes his limited contact with the apostles in Jerusalem, particularly Peter and James, during this period. Paul’s purpose in highlighting these interactions is to affirm the independent nature of his apostolic calling and ministry.

Paul’s relationship with the apostles serves as a reminder of the unity and diversity within the body of Christ. While he acknowledges the authority of the Jerusalem apostles, he also asserts the validity of his own apostleship, which was directly appointed by Christ Himself. This affirmation of apostolic authority lays the groundwork for Paul’s defense of the gospel of grace against false teachings in the churches of Galatia.

As we reflect on Paul’s assertion of his apostolic authority, we are reminded of the importance of discerning and affirming the true messengers of the gospel. Like the Galatians, we are called to test the teachings and credentials of those who claim authority in the church, ensuring that they align with the truth of God’s Word and the spirit of Christ.

Questions to ponder:

  • Reflect on the significance of Paul’s interactions with Peter and James in Jerusalem. How do these interactions shape your understanding of Paul’s apostolic authority?
  • How does Paul’s affirmation of his own apostleship challenge your understanding of leadership and authority in the church?
  • Consider the role of unity and diversity within the body of Christ. How can we affirm the unique callings and giftings of individuals while maintaining unity in the faith?
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