12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13
Paul makes it very clear here that this message he
carries did not come from any man. He received the gospel directly from Christ Himself.
When we look back at Paul’s journey to Damascus, he is stopped by a blinding
light, as Christ appears, and questions Paul about why does he persecute
Christians? Through this exchange, Paul gives himself to Christ and changes his
ways. He also makes a reference in 1 Corinthians 15:8 how finally Christ
appears to him. This further clarifies that Paul did not learn the gospel from
any of the apostles, but directly from Christ. Ensuring no corruption of doctrine,
and a giving Paul the proper message to take forth. From then on, Paul proves
himself as being a worthy apostle carrying the gospel to far lands and writing 2/3
of the New Testament.