For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul begins his defense of his ministry with several bold claims. The first is that the gospel that he preached was not according to man. That is that man had nothing to do with creating it and establishing it. Paul is basically saying you really can’t question him on this because he did not make it up nor did he get it from anyone else. He did not receive it from someone else, he was not taught it by someone else.
Paul then makes his boldest claim that the gospel came from Jesus Christ himself, probably at this point a reference to his conversion on the Damascus road. In any case his claim is that Christ is the one who is the one who gave him the gospel. But he realizes that this will not be enough to convince people who his preaching is genuine so he continues on by recounting the early times of his life.
Next: Paul Defends His Ministry – Part 2 (Chapter 1:13-17)