Ok some of you folk out their are Christians who read my blog so I have a question
IF Jesus during the time of Paul was a Historical figure how do these words of Paul jive with that fact.
64. – Galatians 1:11-12
11For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. [NASB]
Now folks were alive round the time recieved the gospel (if jesus existed) from Jesus the man, Jesus the Historical figure
so how does this jive with that?
66. – Galatians 2:6
But as for the men of high reputation [or, seeming to be important]—not that their importance matters to me: God does not recognize these personal distinctions— [NEB]
Again shouldn’t those who heard from Jesus hold a distinction with… ya know JESUS in the governance of his movement?
(After speaking of the redemption and forgiveness of sin gained through the blood of the Son) 7. . . Therein lies the richness of God’s free grace lavished upon us, 8imparting full wisdom and insight. 9He [God] has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he determined beforehand in him(self)—10to be put into effect in the fullness of time, namely that the universe, all things in heaven and on earth, should be brought into a unity in Christ. [NEB/KJ]
again this seems to reject direct knowledge of jesus in favor of what the spirit brings you.
You are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and Christ Jesus himself is the foundation-stone. In him the whole building is bonded together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. [NEB]
Now while the foundation is Important… if the Christ the man laid out the foundation stone, but Christ the god laid out the building then again isn’t paul rejecting the importance indeed the relevance of Jesus as a man?
Ephesians 3:4-6 (+7-11)
4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to God’s holy apostles and prophets through the spirit, 6that through the gospel the Gentiles are to be fellow heirs and fellow members of the promise in Christ Jesus. . . . [NIV]
If the Mystery of Christ pre-dates Christ by generations then one must ask again isn’t paul saying Christ the man is irrelivent?