When Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia, in the first chapter of that epistle there are three related claims having to do with his work as an apostle. He said ...
I am "an apostle (not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead)...," (1:1). He said, "...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 by revelation of Jesus Christ," (1:11,12). "I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood," (1:16).
Based on what is implied in this context, supplemented by other related passages in Acts and Second Corinthians, there isn't any doubt that Paul was under attack. His distracters were apparently suggesting or charging that Paul's message was human in origin; that he consulted with various men of influence and was simply repeating a human doctrine. Some may have said - his "gospel" wasn't the same as the message of the apostles in Jerusalem. In these three claims Paul responds to those charges. But the claims are upheld by evidence:
1. Paul's former life - before conversion - was dedicated to the destruction of the message he was now preaching. He advanced in Judaism ... persecuted the church of God beyond measure ... tried to destroy it," and was "exceedingly zealous" in this hostility (see Gal. 1:13-14). "How then can Paul prove to the Galatians the essentially supernatural [direct revelation: v.12, -web] nature of the gospel he preached to them, and still preaches? He does it by direct appeal to his own known experience ...," beginning with his pre-conversion reputation.
2. His conversion was an act of God that he responded to. God called him by His grace, and Paul responded. He said, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision," (Acts 26:19). When Paul witnessed the resurrected Lord and heard the gospel, he arose and was baptized (see Acts 9:10-19; Gal. 1:15 ). This is a straightforward account of why Paul was who he was!
3. Paul was called by God to be saved in Christ, and then to "reveal His Son" to the Gentiles (Gal. 1:16). After obeying the gospel, he "spend some days with the disciples who were at Damascus. And immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God," (Acts 9:19,20). He was made an apostle by the will of God and sent by God to the Gentiles. In another place he said: "To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ," (Eph. 3:8).
4. Paul did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor make a trip to Jerusalem to visit the apostles. Instead, he went to Arabia, and then returned to Damascus (Gal. 1:16,17). The expression of significance and interests here is: "confer with flesh and blood." That simply means, he didn't check with men about what to preach! As the expression is translated in the NIV, he did not "consult any man."
5. To emphasize that he did not "immediately" confer with flesh and blood, he adds: "Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter and remained with him fifteen days," (v.18). He saw James on this trip but no other apostle. Regarding these things the apostle wrote: "Before God, I do not lie," (v.20).
6. After this trip, he went to "the regions of Syria and Cilicia," and he was "unknown by face to the churches of Judea." They had heard about him, but had not personally met him. "...they were hearing only, 'He who formerly persecuted us, now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy'." Remember, Paul is establishing - by this report of events subject to verification- that he did not confer with flesh and blood.
7. Still later, he made a trip to Jerusalem "with Barnabas, and also took Titus with" him. This trip to Jerusalem was "by revelation" and when he arrived, he told the brethren that he was preaching the gospel to the Gentiles. Privately, he had a meeting with some of the leading men (Gal. 2:1,2). The point is, this was not some "general church synod" to tell Paul what to preach. He had been preaching for some time before this visit.
8. Though there was pressure to have Titus circumcised (as a condition of salvation and test of fellowship), Paul said: We did not compel him to submit to this, and we "did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you," (Gal. 2:4-5). Once Paul obeyed the gospel and started preaching the gospel, he refused to allow any human influence to pressure him into changing his message, or adapting his teaching to the audience or region. o substance to it."
I like what Paul says in Galatians 1:10 concerning his apostleship. " If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah)." Paul let the Galatians know that he was a slave to Christ and the work of taking the gospel to the gentiles. That is the way I want to feel about my calling to preach the gospel and stand in the office to which God has called me to. I want to be arrested by the Holy Spirit so that I am clear, not only on who I am and whose I am, but on the direction I am to go,. Some of us have been so well-trained academically, that we attempt to act based on our intellect, but "Not by might, or by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty" according to Zechariah 4:6.
When you are arrested and governed by the Holy Spirit, you don't need anyone to come along and validate your call. Your refuse to argue with people who think that you have to belong to a set group, denomination, or influence. You cannot be afraid for rejection, isolation, abuse, persecution, loneliness, etc. You have to be bold and confident enough to go it alone.; trusting that the Lord will never leave your nor forsake you. You have to have faith that if God called you, He will appoint you, anoint you, and equip you to do the work He has called you to do. Be comfortable in your own skin, and remember to give God all the glory.
My prayer for you is that you will be so filled by God's Spirit that you will feel under arrest.
By the way, stay safe out there today and: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers"