Bible: Gal 1:1-18

Salutation

1:1 From Paul, 1  an apostle (not from men, nor by human agency, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead) 1:2 and all the brothers with me, to the churches of Galatia. 1:3 Grace and peace to you 2  from God the Father and our 3  Lord Jesus Christ, 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father, 1:5 to whom be glory forever and ever! Amen.

Occasion of the Letter

1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one 4  who called you by the grace of Christ 5  and are following 6  a different 7  gospel 1:7 not that there really is another gospel, 8  but 9  there are some who are disturbing you and wanting 10  to distort the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach 11  a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, 12  let him be condemned to hell! 13  1:9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell! 14  1:10 Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, 15  or of God? Or am I trying to please people? 16  If I were still trying to please 17  people, 18  I would not be a slave 19  of Christ!

Paul’s Vindication of His Apostleship

1:11 Now 20  I want you to know, brothers and sisters, 21  that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 22  1:12 For I did not receive it or learn it from any human source; 23  instead I received it 24  by a revelation of Jesus Christ. 25 

1:13 For you have heard of my former way of life 26  in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it. 1:14 I 27  was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my nation, 28  and was 29  extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 30  1:15 But when the one 31  who set me apart from birth 32  and called me by his grace was pleased 1:16 to reveal his Son in 33  me so that I could preach him 34  among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from 35  any human being, 36  1:17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem 37  to see those who were apostles before me, but right away I departed to Arabia, 38  and then returned to Damascus.

1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem 39  to visit Cephas 40  and get information from him, 41  and I stayed with him fifteen days.

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