Bible: Gal 1:11-1:21

Paul’s Vindication of His Apostleship

1:11 Now 1  I want you to know, brothers and sisters, 2  that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 3  1:12 For I did not receive it or learn it from any human source; 4  instead I received it 5  by a revelation of Jesus Christ. 6 

1:13 For you have heard of my former way of life 7  in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it. 1:14 I 8  was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my nation, 9  and was 10  extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 11  1:15 But when the one 12  who set me apart from birth 13  and called me by his grace was pleased 1:16 to reveal his Son in 14  me so that I could preach him 15  among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from 16  any human being, 17  1:17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem 18  to see those who were apostles before me, but right away I departed to Arabia, 19  and then returned to Damascus.

1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem 20  to visit Cephas 21  and get information from him, 22  and I stayed with him fifteen days. 1:19 But I saw none of the other apostles 23  except James the Lord’s brother. 1:20 I assure you 24  that, before God, I am not lying about what I am writing to you! 25  1:21 Afterward I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 1:22 But I was personally 26  unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 1:23 They were only hearing, “The one who once persecuted us is now proclaiming the good news 27  of the faith he once tried to destroy.” 1:24 So 28  they glorified God because of me. 29 

Salutation

1:1 From Paul, 30  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 31  from God the Father and our 32  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 33  who called you by the grace of Christ 34  and are following 35  a different 36  gospel 1:7 not that there really is another gospel, 37  but 38  there are some who are disturbing you and wanting 39  to distort the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach 40  a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, 41  let him be condemned to hell! 42  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! 43  1:10 Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, 44  or of God? Or am I trying to please people? 45  If I were still trying to please 46  people, 47  I would not be a slave 48  of Christ!

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