1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—

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      2 and all the brothers and sistersa with me, To the churches in Galatia:

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        • a 1:2 - The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15; 4:12, 28, 31; 5:11, 13; 6:1, 18.
          3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

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          4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

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          5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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          No Other Gospel

          6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—

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          7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

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          8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

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          9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

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          10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

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          Paul Called by God

          11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.

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              12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

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                  13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.

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                  14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

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                  15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased

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                  16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.

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                  17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

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                  18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephasb and stayed with him fifteen days.

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                  19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother.

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                  20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

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                  21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia.

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                  22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.

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                  23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”

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                  24 And they praised God because of me.

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