Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),
and all the brethren who are with me,To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace [shalom] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
The word translated "rescue" is the Greek word "exelhtai" "exeletai" meaning "to take out" derived from the Greek word "exeilo" "exeilo" meaning exile. Exile means to be taken from your country of origin to another country, waiting in this new country for the right conditions to return to your original country.
The mystery therefore is that we will be exiled to paradise. We will leave this evil planet at the time of the rapture. We will return to Earth with Christ later on and help remove Satan from office. The ones that can be exiled are the living. The hope is for us, the ones who are alive, not for the dead. See Rapture.
In contrast, the hope of the dead is in a
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to DISTORT the gospel of Christ.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
Paul was warning the Christians that
a DIFFERENT message was being preached.
As we have said before, so I say again now,
if any man is preaching to you a gospel
contrary to what you received,
he is to be accursed!
What is this gospel that Paul is referring to?
We should remember that the words of Christ
were that he would return for us.
As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what [will be] the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
He never preached that we have an immortal soul that goes to heaven when we die. The hope that Jesus preached for the dead was the resurrection--an issue that was controversial at that time. In order that the Christian Jews would realize that resurrection was possible, Christ himself resurrected the dead during his ministry and was himself resurrected. All of this proved that resurrection is real and we should not fear death.
Those that preach that souls never "die" but are alive in "heaven" are preaching a different gospel. The bible specifies that the dead know nothing, and that our only hope is in a resurrection.
And who are these people preaching
a DIFFERENT gospel?
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a slave of Christ.
The preachers that go after material wealth, power, and the glory of this world are not of God. They preach a different gospel, full of euphemistic lies to please their followers and maintain their positions. They do not fear God Almighty.
"But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.
"They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,
and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.
Even if God were to reveal the truth to them, would they risk losing their followers? But as Jesus warned us, "You will know them by their fruits"Matthew7:16. If we are slaves of Christ, we must obey Christ, and not be seeking the favor of men.
For I would have you know,
brethren, that the gospel
which was preached by me
is not according to man.
Paul did not fear to go against
established ideas and dogma of the time. He was not afraid to receive the
scorn from those who knew his past. He simply turned 180 degrees in the
opposite direction -- from persecuting Christians to fully dedicating his
life to preaching the truth and suffering persecution himself. Do we have
that kind of faith? We should!
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it;
Paul did not consult with other people about the revelation he had from Jesus. If he had consulted with his Pharisee friends they might have dissuaded him and made him think that the vision he had was not from God.
and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my generation, being more extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased
to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.
Paul did not go to preach to the Christians in Jerusalem. But he did go away to Arabia, we assume to think about God, his mission and sort things out. He spent a lot of time in prayer so as to get guidance directly from God.
Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days.
But I did not see any other
of the apostles except James,
the Lord's brother.
(Now in what I am writing to you,
I assure you before God that I am not lying.)
Then I went into the regions of
Syria and Cilicia.
I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ;
At this time, Paul was still unknown to the
Christians in Jerusalem. He was not speaking publicly in the synagogues in
the region of Judea. They only knew him from the rumors and gossip that
was spread about him.
but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy."
Let us return to the original Gospel that was once delivered
by Jesus/Yeshua, our soon coming Lord. Shalom!
Mystery of Christ Part I
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