THE ORIGINS OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE
The revelation of the Christian gospel to Paul, an unexpected unfolding of what had been secret, was a distinctive experience, paralleled only by the experience of those who were apostles before him. It can never be ours. Nevertheless, the gospel that was the product of that experience is unique and is ours; in fact, it is ours precisely because its source was not Paul but God himself. And Christians value it properly only when they make it an integral part of their lives and share it with others.