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11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.
12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
its funny how you can receive the words so many times yet unless you ask the questions the answer never comes.
15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased
16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
i wish i could come here and tell you how great i am and that would make you hear me. but that would be a lie, the truth is, unless our Lord speaks to you from these words i type, they have no meaning.
20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
of course i have read Pauls writings in Galatians time and time again, but not since i ask the question, where does His teaching come from? i can rest assured now that those who make the claims that our Lords credentials must be taught by men have no meaning to me. so i move forward with a reading that can only come through the teachings by revelation. so as Paul preached to you then so do i preach to you. if need be i will gladly debate the merits of His words with any of you who refuse to understand that Peter was the first to receive these teachings. It was this rock that our Lord has built His church upon.
i know i have gone on and on about how our Lord, the Launderer, baptizes with the fire. but our brother Paul had chosen another way to preach this message to you. i guess you could say he goes right to the heart of the matter, with a different approach to say the same thing. truth is im not sure if even Peter understood what our Lord meant when He told him that he was the rock, but now im sure Paul did. For it was through man that Simons circumcision comes, but it was through Grace in which Peter receives his. to be circumcised by man one must go through a removing of the before skin. that skin that comes before the rock. that skin is removed by men before the sin is displayed.
in the beginning my revelations felt more like a cleansing, a purification of my soul. my baptism came to me in a whirlwind of storms that even the bizarre could not explain. the wickedness that i claimed at the time was merely a removal of the pain. the sin that discarded me from my world was the beginning of the grace. before i could be circumcised by grace i had to be prepared for the pain that cutting away the before skin from the heart would cause. those little doses that our Lord threw at me in my beginnings where nothing compared to what was to come.
in truth i was circumcised the jewish way before my sins came out of me. in my youth when the memory of the pain was erased by that youth. im sure the pain was real, its just i have no recollection of it. the circumcision that Paul describes, comes by way of the heart. those hard times that has us bewildered in the our rebirth, actually turns out to be the Grace. Praise God.
28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person s praise is not from other people, but from God.
this pain i can testify to, and in fact im driven to testify of it, through the Spirit of God. thats why my lessons learned can not come from men. they, like the circumcision of men hold no value to me because they are like a seed that is planted in the shallow soil. the one that is surrounded by the rocks, the seed that wilted by the weather, because its teachings does not go far enough into my soul to sustain me. thats why we who belong to Him must get our teachings from Him, you can preach to me all day but my teachings have to come through the Grace that launders and purifies my soul and then circumcises my heart. for it is through those teachings that i am able to overcome the evils dream. for without the memory from the discipline what can be learned?
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
a couple of weeks ago i was given a misplacement of my spirit, almost as if our Lord had turned away. i remember writing a blog about it, wondering how our Lord would dispose of the wicked that was sure to come. let me just say to you it was through the joy of my youngest son Logan that His mercy came.
be a blessing,