Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1: 11-12 NLT
Do you live by reason or revelation? So much of the apostle Paul’s early life was lived by reason. He went to the best of schools with the finest of teachers who taught him the letter of the law. He was a Hebrew of Hebrews. He was a law keeper and punished anyone who was a lawbreaker. He lived his life by the reason of the law. “You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.” (Galatians 1:13-14) Paul had a zeal for the law of reason, but God had other plans. “But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.” (Galatians 1:15-16) Paul had a revelation from God on the Damascus road. A revelation of grace accomplished what the law could not do. God redeemed him by His grace and mercy. “All they knew was that people were saying, ‘The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!’ And they praised God.” (Galatians 1:23-24) The law of reason exposes our sin, but it cannot forgive it. The good news of the gospel is that God by His marvelous grace saves sinners from their sins. We deserved the wrath of our sins, but God gave us the life of His Son. This is the good news of the gospel.
John Calvin wrote, “The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.” Has your heart been captured by the grace of God? It’s time to live our lives in the revelation of God’s marvelous grace.