Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 7
January 30, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<056> Thesis: Direct, divine, "revelation" is at the root of the Gospel. Introduction: There are many things that make "faith" a serious difficulty with extraordinary consequences. On one hand, the failure to believe leads, biblically, to unmitigated disaster. On another hand, the exercise of legitimate faith leads, biblically, to indescribable glory. And, since both of these claims have to do with how the "future" is going to play out, even believing them is not easy to do, and that is the least of the issues. In terms of the "faith" of people, most are far more interested in the immediate present than they are of the "possibilities" of the future and, beyond the immediate present, most folks are more hung up on the facts of the past than they are on what might be the facts of the future. In the light of these things, this evening we come to the question of the significance of Paul's claim in Galatians 1:16 that as soon as he experienced the revelation of God's Son in him, he did not consult with flesh and blood. What does this mean and what is its significance?