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Summary: Paul defends his apostleship and the gospel with his testimony.

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“This Is Your Life”

Galatians 1:11-24

This Is Your Life, which was broadcast from 1952 to 1961, is one of the best remembered television series from the 1950s. The format of This is Your Life was based on the rather simple principle--guests were surprised with a presentation of their past life in the form of a narrative read by host Ralph Edwards and reminisces by relatives and friends.

In its network television years, This is Your Life alternated in presenting the life stories of entertainment personalities and "ordinary" people who had contributed in some way to their communities. Edwards always insisted that the theme of "Love thy neighbor" was clear no matter who was the subject of a particular program. The host was often quoted as saying that the lives under examination must represent something "constructive," must have been "given a lift ’above and beyond the call of duty’ and. . .in turn, he or she has passed on the help to another." For that reason, the emotion expressed by the guest, who having first been surprised by Edwards with the on-air announcement "this is your life!" and then with the appearance of people from his or her past, was justified as a source for audience inspiration

Sub-introduction

• In Gal :11-24, Paul resumes his defense of his apostleship

• Everything points to the fact that they were attacking the Gospel by attacking the one who brought it to Galatia.

• They were implying he was an imposter

• Self appointed Apostle

• No Authority

• Their Authority came from the Jerusalem Church.

In giving his testimony Paul is doing two things at once, he is defending the Gospel by showing it’s supernatural ability to transform the lives of people who believe, and defending his apostleship.

I Origination - Power behind a changed life (11-12)

A No human agency involved

1 it was not something that man made up,

Man made means merit systems, and works to please or appease the gods

2 It was not handed down to him by tradition.

It did not come though Peter or any other Apostle--

2 He was not instructed in it by men

B Received it through a Revelation of Jesus Christ

(Apocalipsis) Acts 9

602 ἀðïêÜëõøéò [apokalupsis /ap·ok·al·oop·sis/] n f. From 601; TDNT 3:563; TDNTA 405; GK 637; 18 occurrences; AV translates as “revelation” 12 times, “be revealed” twice, “to lighten + 1519” once, “manifestation” once, “coming” once, and “appearing” once. 1 a laying bear, making naked. 2 a disclosure of truth, instruction. 2a concerning things before unknown. 2b used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all. 3 manifestation, appearance.

II Transformation-The Picture Of a Changed Life (13-21)(Acts 9)

A Before Meeting Jesus

Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.

B Meeting Jesus

C After Meeting Jesus

III Glorification - The Purpose Of A Changed Life (22-24)


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