May 19, 2023

Which Message?

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.”—Galatians 1:11–12

Paul faced skepticism. Formerly a man who persecuted believers, he claimed to have been converted and become a believer himself. He claimed he even had a calling from God. At a time when others had different messages, Paul claimed he had been given the correct interpretation, the right message received by “revelation.”

His challenge was to convince others that these statements were true. His letter to the Galatians is full of attempts to do that. He described visiting Jerusalem, where he met with Peter and other leaders. He visited other churches, meeting with other believers.

After several years, he returned to Jerusalem, again meeting with church leaders. He explained the message he preached among the Gentiles. He wanted to be sure other believers knew what he taught and recognized the authority for his interpretations.

Not everyone agreed with him. He acknowledged that “false brethren” were spreading deceitful interpretations. But Paul knew his message was right. He knew God had called him. Jesus had spoken to him. He received the endorsement of Peter, James, and other leaders (Galatians 2:2–9). Paul was confident. He would need this confidence on his missionary journeys.

Many people claim to have a correct understanding, and many are spreading their doctrines. You must be confident and know what you believe. You must know the truth. Stand on God’s Word. Make it your authority. Pray and seek the discernment of the Spirit.

Reflection Question: How can you increase your confidence in your knowledge of the Word?

Father, give me discernment to know the truth. Help me to be alert to deception. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Galatians 1