“James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.” -Galatians 2:9

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This verse concerns the authenticity of Paul’s ministry. Contemporary criticisms of the Bible, include one that suggests Paul was a false prophet, and the Gospel never was intended to be offered to the Gentiles. Yet, since even the writing of the Old Testament and the prophecies contained within, the Bible refutes this idea. This verse shows that the apostles welcomed Paul and accepted Him. Not only that, but in addition, it shows a level of discernment, that we should consistently remain in prayer for.

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Paul tells us, “they recognized the grace given to me.” Paul’s great deeds testify to His close relationship with the Lord and the truth He spoke about, but for a season, he had no fellowship with any of the disciples. Galatians tells us that he learned of the gospel message directly from Christ Himself, and that he didn’t meet any of the disciples until three years after his ministry began. Given that this is true, and I have no reason to doubt, he didn’t learn anything from those who were the closest to Christ during His life, the disciples.

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The amazing thing is that despite the disciples given the mission to preach unto the Jews, when Paul arrived they were able to recognize a new revelation in Paul, which speaks heavily of the disciples discernment in the Spirit. Rather than considering Paul a false teacher, they recognized Christ within him. This kind of spiritual insight, again, needs to be prayed for and it takes some time, even trial and error, to be able to differentiate between the spirits present in people. What is of Christ and what is not, through the eyes of the Spirit becomes more and more apparent. Pray for this, that you may be protected, embark on doing the will of God, and not be led astray as a sheep to the slaughter. Amen.

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