1. Galatians 1:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

When did Jesus Christ and God the Father send Paul to be an apostle?

Galatians 1:1 (ESV)

1 Paul, an apostle not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead

Paul was called to be an apostle by Jesus on the road to Damascus (Galatians 1:12; 1 Corinthians 9:1; Acts 9:1–7).1 Since Jesus Christ always acts according to the will of the Father (cf. Galatians 1:4John 6:38), it is perfectly consistent to say that Paul’s call to be an apostle also came from the Father. His apostleship was then confirmed by the churches he established (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:2) and the signs he performed (2 Corinthians 12:12.2 In essence, the apostolate of Paul rests on the same base as that of the Jerusalem apostles (a direct call by Jesus Christ) and thus it stands and falls also with theirs.3