Gal.1:11,12 – For I would have you know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel which was preached by me is not of human invention. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

It is really obvious that something highly unusual and quite dramatic happened to Saul of Tarsus when he was traveling from Jerusalem to Damascus trying to stop the spreading of this new Christian faith. Paul despised this new upstart religion and was determined to snuff it out, even to the point of arresting, threatening, beating and killing the people involved. All of Saul’s plans were suddenly stopped when an unexpected interruption happened as he neared Damascus. Jesus Himself appeared on the road with His glorious, overpowering, light from heaven. In a moment Saul was changed. Instead of the angry Pharisee breathing out threats against Christians, He became Paul, The apostle to the gentile world. Paul had a personal revelation of Christ that increased throughout his life. This revelation became his message. This is how William Barclay describes this.

“He had been the chief persecutor of the Church. He had ‘devastated’ the Church. The word he uses is the word for utterly destroying a city. He had tried to make a scorched earth of the Church; and now his one aim, which he was prepared to devote himself to and even to die for, was to spread that same Church over all the world. By the laws of cause and effect, everything that happens must have an adequate cause. When someone is proceeding headlong in one direction and suddenly turns and proceeds headlong in the opposite direction; when quite suddenly all values are reversed so that that person’s life turns upside down, some explanation is required. For Paul, the explanation was the direct intervention of God. He had laid his hand on his shoulder and stopped him in mid-career. ‘That’, said Paul, ‘is the kind of effect which only God could produce.’”

Paul preached what he knew from personal experience. Personal experience is the power of our words. Paul carried authority and revelation in his preaching because he knew Christ personally and powerfully. His letters, which make up much of the New Testament, carry the revelation of Christ. Have you met Christ for yourself? If you have, you too have something to say. We can effect our world through our expression of what Christ has done and is doing in our lives. So why don’t you go ahead and just………PREACH!!!!

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