For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.
As Paul continues to defend his ministry, he turns to the fact that his calling was not of natural origins. His former manner of life was to persecute the church because of his zeal. Paul’s conversion was a miraculous event not some philosophical debate with himself and because of that he did not immediate consult with the apostles but instead went to Arabia and Damascus.
Paul’s point here is that anyone who had heard the story of what he was and how he became a Christian, would not simply say he was an ordinary apostle but one called for a specific task by Jesus himself. That being the case to question his authority as an apostle might be risky at best. God was the one who called Paul so Paul was someone who had to be considered seriously.
Next: Paul Defends his Ministry – Part 3 (Chapter 1:18-24)