An Unlikely Pedigree

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Sermon Notes

At the end of the first chapter of Galatians we find a peculiar story from a man greatly used by God. It is peculiar, not because it was strange for him to say what he said, nor because he said something that is hard to understand. It is peculiar precisely because it is plain and straightforward. It is peculiar because it is the opposite of what one might expect from the mouth or pen of a contemporary American Christian leader (or follower). Paul goes out of his way to list his lacking connections and his tremendous social baggage, and this to prove his Gospel authority. He is uninterested with people of prestige, unhindered by absent acclaim, and only concerned with the congruent content of the Gospel message. Professing Christians today might learn a thing or two from Paul’s example here.