The Uniqueness of Paul’s Ministry

In 2 Timothy 2:7 Paul says, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

When the student of the Bible begins to listen to the apostle Paul, it becomes clear that Paul’s writings are unique among the other books of the Bible. It was given to Paul to teach the Church the body of Christ, and how to rightly divide the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Paul writes to the Galatians about the uniqueness of his ministry. In Galatians 1:7 he said,”But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Paul did not receive his teaching from any of the other apostles or from the Old Testament. The revelation that God gave Paul helped him to understand that in order for a man to be saved (whether Jew or Gentile), he must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as his sin bearer at the Cross. Only a complete reliance upon the holiness and perfection of Christ Himself, including His resurrection, would bring about salvation.

This was of tremendous change, especially for the Jews. They had been taught that if they were to know God they must know Him through the Torah and the Temple. This approach to God, of course, required works; works of the law. Paul taught that a man could not be justified by the works of the Law of Moses, but by faith alone, which provided quite a shock to the Jewish people. (Romans 3:20)

In Paul’s first recorded sermon in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia, Paul said this, “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (Jesus) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which he could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)

Grace be with You,

-Brother Jerry