A Layman’s Review of NT Wright’s, The Resurrection…, Part 25, Exactly how did God reveal his Son to Paul?

 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[a] that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son to me,[b] so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

                                                                                  Galatians 1:11-17


NT Wright, page 381:

Galatians presents us, in this short passage, with some clear indications of how Paul interpreted what had happened to him on the road to Damascus.  It does not help very much, though, with the question of what precisely it was that happened.  But it points us forward to the two texts that do, both of them in I Corinthians.

Gary:  “…was pleased to reveal his Son to me…”

Now we are getting to the “meat” of the issue!  Exactly how did God reveal his Son to Paul?  Did God reveal his Son by presenting the heavenly, but nail-pierced body of his Son right in front of Paul’s very eyes…or…did Paul believe that such an event had happened, in what Paul himself described as…a “heavenly vision”?


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