Gal.1:15,16 – But when He who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles,

This passage is filled with passion and intimate love. Paul is describing his amazement at being chosen by God to preach Christ to the gentile world. Even more than that, Paul is still stunned that Jesus chose Him, the chief of sinners, to reveal Himself to Paul, in Paul, and through Paul. In this passage Paul used a very powerful and revealing word, eudokeo. It means, according to the NT Word Dictionary…..To be pleased with something or someone resulting in pleasure – To take pleasure or delight in – God’s love for the one He chooses. This is the word the Heavenly Father spoke when Jesus was baptized, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”. What this word is saying is that the Lord took great pleasure in choosing Paul to know Him. This is also true for each one of His chosen ones. If you belong to Him He takes great joy in revealing Himself to you, in you, and through you. This is how Martin Luther describes this.

“When it pleased God. By the favor of God I, a wicked and cursed wretch, a blasphemer, persecutor, and rebel, was spared. Not content to spare me, God granted unto me the knowledge of His salvation, His Spirit, His Son, the office of an apostle, everlasting life.” Paul speaking. God not only pardoned our iniquities, but in addition overwhelmed us with blessings and spiritual gifts.”

Take a moment, stop all the rushing on to the next thing, and think about the power of these words. “The Lord is pleased to reveal His Son in me”. Wow! Who would have ever thought that that would be my purpose and happiness in life, to have Jesus reveal Himself to me and call me to reveal Him to others. After all, that is why He chose you, to love you and to show His love to others. It wasn’t because you were smart, talented, rich or anything else. It was about Him; His love and His glory. When Paul was rushing to Damascus, filled with purpose and anger, this revelation of Jesus stopped him right in His tracks. He entered a brand new world and a brand new life, the Lord was pleased to reveal in him His Son.


  1. This could be followed up with a good dose of Proverbs describing the differences between a wise person and one who lives a foolish life. Know what you have been given.

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