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“And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.” Galatians 2:2-3 It would be easy to run right past verse 3 in this context but it would be a huge mistake. It’s a very important verse. Why? It’s important because this verse strikes at the very heart of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In those days with what Paul was doing there wasn’t a more controversial issue than the one in verse 3! “Not even Titus, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.” This very thing was one of the key reasons the Jews and even some of the Gentiles hated Paul. In fact the entire letter to the Galatians was written to address a growing problem with the new Gentile believers there.

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“And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.” Galatians 2:2-3 It appears from the above verses that Paul at least ran his message of grace by those ‘who were of reputation’.

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“He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.” Galatians 1:23-24 From the chief persecutor of the church to the most important person in the world as it relates to bringing the ‘good news’ to the Gentiles; that’s a snippet of Paul’s resume’. His reputation as a vicious antagonist toward anyone naming Jesus was unparalleled in that time. But something happened! Paul had an encounter with Jesus, himself. And from that day forward nothing was the same.

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“He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.” Galatians 1:23-24 From the chief persecutor of the church to the most important person in the world as it relates to bringing the ‘good news’ to the Gentiles; that’s a snippet of Paul’s resume’. His reputation as a vicious antagonist toward anyone naming Jesus was unparalleled in that time. But something happened! Paul had an encounter with Jesus, himself. And from that day forward nothing was the same.

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“Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.”

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“Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none the other apostles, except James, the Lord’s brother..” Galatians 1:18-19 Three years intensive training in Arabia with the Holy Spirit and then to Jerusalem to spend a couple weeks with Peter, ….Paul was receiving some vital instructions that would benefit him for the rest of his life. The foundation of grace (vs 15) wasn’t something Paul received from any man. It was straight from the Lord. His doctrine, which would profoundly change the world throughout every generation, was now imprinted into his very being.

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“Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none the other apostles, except James, the Lord’s brother..” Galatians 1:18-19

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“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.”

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“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.”

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“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.” Galatians 1:15-17

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