For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying 1to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a 2servant of Christ.
For 3I would have you know, brothers, that 4the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.
5For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it 6through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
For you have heard of 7my former life in Judaism, how 8I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely 9zealous was I for 10the traditions of my fathers.
But when he 11who had set me apart 12before I was born, and who 13called me by his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order 14that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Then 15after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days.
But I saw none of the other apostles except James 16the Lord's brother.
(In what I am writing to you, 17before God, I do not lie!)
18Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
And I was still unknown in person to 19the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
They only were hearing it said, "He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
And they glorified God because of me.