Paul, an apostle not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia.
This is a powerful opening for this short and powerful letter. It tells us much about Paul’s credentials as an Apostle. He is not self-proclaimed apostle, he is not even a man-made apostle. His credentials to be an apostle came after a powerful encounter with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You realise his calling did not come out of the will of men, in Acts 9 your read that Ananias, a follower of Jesus, refused to pray for Paul because he was very aware of Paul’s reputation. Yet in obedience, Ananias prayed for Paul laying hands on him and he was healed.
I believe Paul experienced a powerful encounter with the Lord. This was so strong that he fell off his horse and was blind for three days. The idea of three days is important in the Bible: “three days Noah was inside the belly of the big fish – Jesus was inside the tomb for three days and now Paul is blind for three days!” Only after the three days, Noah was spat out of the fish, Jesus defeated death after three days and now after three days, Paul recovered his sight.
An encounter with the Lord, can lead a to calling and calling leads to Holy Spirit empowerment.
Lord, thank you for the calling, destiny and vision you placed in our lives!
Lord, thank you that I once was blind but now I can see.
Lord fill me with your Holy Spirit