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Gelatins, Chapter One, Lesson Three

THE CALL OF GOD            Page 5
V.16 (Cont'd.)

** What does Paul offer that would silence any criticism by the Judaizers who would charge that Paul had been taught this gospel by men?

V.16 - "...I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood..."
V.17 - "...nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me..."

** What might have been some good reasons for someone in Paul's position to go "to those who were apostles before" him?

1) To share their walk with the Lord
2) To share their conversion to Christ
3) To fellowship with others of like precious faith

V.17 ** So, what did Paul do?

"...I went away to Arabia..." If you check your maps in the back of your Bible, you can see the area Paul is describing, just east of Damascus.

** Why did he do that? What happened during this time of Paul's life?

The apostle went to spend three years with Jesus Christ, just as the other apostles had during the earthly ministry of Jesus. This is when our Lord fulfilled His promise of Acts 9:16, namely, "I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake."

** After spending time with the Lord in Arabia, where did the apostle Paul go?

He went back to Damascus, the place of his calling. You can see his return recorded in the middle of verse 19, of Acts, chapter 9. Let's look back at that passage again together. The three years with the Lord is in the middle of that verse.

** Upon his return to Damascus, do you suppose that Paul was shy or fearful about sharing the gospel?

Absolutely not! According to verse 20 of Acts, chapter 9, He "immediately began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, 'He is the Son of God'".
Paul was so effective that Luke says he was "proving that this Jesus is the Christ" (V.22).

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