I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Good News I have spread is not a human message.
I didn't receive it from any person. I wasn't taught it, but Jesus Christ revealed it to me.
You heard about the way I once lived when I followed the Jewish religion. You heard how I violently persecuted God's church and tried to destroy it.
You also heard how I was far ahead of other Jews in my age group in following the Jewish religion. I had become that fanatical for the traditions of my ancestors.
But God, who appointed me before I was born and who called me by his kindness, was pleased
to show me his Son. He did this so that I would tell people who are not Jewish that his Son is the Good News. When this happened, I didn't talk it over with any other person.
I didn't even go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went to Arabia and then came back to Damascus.
Then, three years later I went to Jerusalem to become personally acquainted with Cephas. I stayed with him for fifteen days.
I didn't see any other apostle. I only saw James, the Lord's brother.
(God is my witness that what I'm writing is not a lie.)
Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.