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Daily Seedings: Paul’s Revelation

Paul’s Revelation

The Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

— Galatians 1: 11-12

The apostle Paul met the Lord on the Damascus road in the days of his persecution of the Church. That vision brought a complete change in him in every way.

Almost immediately, Paul began to preach Christ as the Son of God. There were other revelations of Jesus that he had in his early Christian life which shaped his Christian character and gave him the message that he would afterward call, “my gospel.”

In Galatians 1:11–12, Paul declared he neither received the gospel from man nor was he taught it, but he said it came by the revelation of Jesus Christ. In other words, the gospel was a revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ. It was a revelation of His character and perfections as the Divine Son of God. Then, the gospel is not merely a set of teachings or doctrines, but it is what is seen in the Person of Jesus.

In Romans 1:16, Paul declared that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Then, the gospel in its outworking is the Divine operation of God’s character perfections in the lives of men who believe.

Not only was Jesus revealed to Paul, but He was also revealed in him. That is, revelation of Jesus brought impartation of Him into Paul’s heart and life. What he received by revelation stayed with him and became part of him. Christ was in him the Hope of glory!

This impartation of Christ was to enable Paul to preach to the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:8). And with Paul’s preaching, there was imparted to the hearers the very life, virtues, and perfections that he had received when Christ was revealed in him.



…one of the early 20th Century’s prophetic voices still speaks today…” — Jack W. Hayford

Reprinted with permission from Daily Seedings: A Devotional Classic for the Spirit-Filled Life by Ivan Q. Spencer (selected and edited by Edie Mourey), Furrow Press, 2008.

For more about Ivan Spencer, see “Following in His Steps” by Edie Mourey.

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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2020

About the Author: Ivan Q. Spencer was a pastor, educator, and Pentecostal pioneer. In 1924, he founded Elim Bible Institute to train young men and women for last days' revival ministry. As graduates left Elim and pursued national and international ministry, he formed Elim Fellowship in 1932 to commission and credential graduates. Ivan received his training for ministry from Rochester Bible Training School in Rochester, New York. He attended the constitutional convention of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in May of 1943 and served on the Board of Administration for the Pentecostal Fellowship of North America from its inception in 1948. Ivan died at the age of 81 on August 17, 1970. His life of faith was chronicled in Ivan Spencer: Willow in the Wind by Marion Meloon. Two posthumous publications contain Ivan's thoughts on faith: Faith: Living the Crucified Life and Daily Seedings: A Devotional Classic for the Spirit-filled Life.

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