Glancing at Galatians pt. 3 / True Revelation comes only from God (Gal. 1:11-12)

Posted on September 2, 2011


As Paul begins this thought, he reiterates that the Gospel did not originate with man. Man made religions emphasize human merit, and the necessity of human works for salvation. Paul’s message did not.

Paul’s life had been radically changed, and only God has the power to change lives. If Paul had followed man made philosophies, it could not have resulted in a changed life. Paul’s changed life was one in which he consistently proclaimed the gospel in both word and deed. In fact, it is the Word of God which we gain the faith which is necessary for salvation and a changed life.

Romans 10:17
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The emphasis that the Gospel was received directly from God was a critical one. The Bible is clear that true prophecy can not come from man.

2Peter 1:20-21
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Men will make mistakes, but God is never wrong. As such, the true prophet of God will never be wrong.

Deuteronomy 18:22
22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

1 John 4:1
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

There are many self-proclaimed prophets out there today, but none of them are of God. Beware of anyone who calls himself a prophet, because the office no longer exists. That person is nothing more than a liar!

1 Corinthians 13:8
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

No new revelation is needed, the Bible takes us from creation to eternity. Since the Bible is now complete, there is nothing to be added to it.

Deuteronomy 4:2
2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Proverbs 30:5-6
5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Revelation 22:18
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;

We have a wonderful and complete revelation from God. It tells us all we need to know in order to live, serve, learn, and have eternal life. It is how God speaks to us. It is how we test our will and desires. When our “gut” or feelings “lead” us in a certain direction, we can test it against the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In our education, and on our jobs, we can test what we learn and do against what Scripture tells us. It is a mirror with which to evaluate your life. Don’t let such a marvelous resource sit on a shelf and collect dust. Don’t let it go to waste!

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