The Gospel is not of Human Origin

The Gospel is not of Human Origin

Preacher Huijun - 30 June 2024

The Gospel is not of Human Origin

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<Gal 1> 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me.

<Gal 2> 1 Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

6 As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as 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 circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.


  1. The testimony of Paul.
  • He received the gospel and authority from God Himself, not humans.
  • Two aspects of our testimonies: Objective and Subjective.

1) Objective: One true God, and His unchanging truth.

2) Subjective: Our personal encounter with God and specific transformation.


  1. The Gospel is God-centric, not human-based.
  • Paul’s conversion was the work of God.
  • <v15> God had set him apart from his mother’s womb.
  • <v15> God called him by His grace.
  • <v16> It was also God who revealed His Son in Paul.
  • Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, based on God’s sovereignty.
  • It was also God who sent him on designated mission to preach to the Gentiles <v16>.


  • The gospel is not of human origin but from God Himself.
  • The gospel doesn’t give sin any discount or excuse.
  • No man’s word can transform so powerfully and carry such authority.
  • The gospel is incompatible with human pride.
  • The gospel is beyond human wisdom.
  • The gospel never changes.


  1. Be God-pleaser, not men-pleaser.
  • The gospel sets us free from the fear of men.
  • “Friendship with the world means enmity against God.” <Jas 4:4>
  • Be especially careful when a teaching suits your desires too much.
  • Do not compare with others, each of us must answer to God for ourselves.
  • We are only to look to Christ and imitate Him.
  • Instead of pleasing men, we must even be prepared for opposition from men.
Preacher Huijun
Preacher Huijun

Huijun joined The Life Church and Missions (Singapore) as a preacher in 2012. She is effectively bilingual and preaches occasionally at the Chinese service. She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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