Paul an apostle—sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
and all the members of God's family a who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—
not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel b from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed!
As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!
Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant c of Christ.
For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, d that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin;
for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.
I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors.
But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased
to reveal his Son to me, e so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days;
but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord's brother.
In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia,
and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ;
they only heard it said, "The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy."
And they glorified God because of me.
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