Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


“To reveal His Son”  Galatians 1

“To reveal His Son”  Galatians 1


1. The Doctrine of “Revelation” is a profound concept

2. It is well taught in the Scriptures consistently

3. Man, cannot by mere “reason” understand God

4. The Lord has to reveal His truth to us



1. Revealed from faith to faith

“16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

a) The Gospel of Christ

i) It is the power of God

ii) That leads to salvation

iii) To everyone who believes

b) The righteousness of God

i) It is revealed

ii) From faith to faith

iii) It is written, “The just shall live by faith”

2. Revealed through the Spirit

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12

a) Revealed through the Holy Spirit

b) The deep things of God need to be revealed to us

c) We have received the Spirit of God that we might know the things

that have been freely given to us by God



1. The Gospel of God summarised

1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:1-4

a) The Gospel of God was promised

i) Through God’s prophets

ii) Written in the Holy Scriptures

b) The Heart of the Gospel

i) Jesus Christ our Lord

ii) The Son of David

Born of the seed of David according to the flesh

iii) Declared “The Son of God”

iv) According to the Spirit of God by His resurrection from the dead

c) Called and set apart to be an apostle of God

To proclaim and teach the Gospel of God

2. The Gospel of God revealed to the Apostle Paul

a) The sinful “former conduct” of Paul

i) He persecuted the church Galatians 1:13a

ii) He sought to destroy it Galatians 1:13b

iii) “More exceedingly zealous”

for the traditions Galatians 1:14

b) The revelation of God’s Son

i) The Journey to Damascus Acts 9:1-9

ii) The special revelation

“I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” Acts 9:5

c) The conversion of Paul

i) His blindness

ii) His healing

iii) His baptism Acts 9:10-19

d) The Call of Paul

i) As a chosen vessel Acts 9:15a

ii) To bear My name before Gentiles Acts 9:15b

iii) And the children of Israel Acts 9:15c

iv) To preach Christ among the Gentiles Galatians 1:16

3. The Gospel of God distinguished and defended

a) Distinguished from a “different gospel” Galatians 1:6

a) Distinguished from a perverted version of the Gospel Galatians 1:7

b) There is only one Gospel Galatians 1:8-9

4. The continued practice of revelation to the Apostle Pau

a) Revelation to Paul to go to Jerusalem Galatians 2:2

b) Revelation of God’s word

i) By revelation He made known to me the mystery Ephesians 3:3

ii) Revealed by the Spirit Ephesians 3:5


1. Dangers to be heeded

a) It is easy to mistake God’s revelation

b) There is a subjective element that can result in perversion

c) There is also the danger of pride 2 Corinthians 12:7

2. Wisdom of God to be sought

a) It is humbling to know that we are dependent upon the Spirit of God

b) There is no substitute for waiting upon the Lord to reveal His word

c) God allows for thorns in the flesh to move us to seek His grace 2 Corinthians 12:9-10