Bible: Galatians 1:11-24

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 

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