Greetings from Paul
1Paul, an emissary (sent not from men or by man, but by Yeshua the Messiah and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),
2and all the brothers with me. To Messiah’s communities of Galatia:
3Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and our Lord Yeshua the Messiah—
4who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father—
5to Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
No Other Gospel
6I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from the One who called you by the grace of Messiah, to a different “good news”—
7not that there is another, but only some who are confusing you and want to distort the Good News of Messiah.
8But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should announce any “good news” to you other than what we have proclaimed to you, let that person be cursed!
9As we have said before, so I now repeat: if anyone proclaims to you “good news” other than what you received, let that person be under a curse!
10Am I now trying to win people’s approval, or God’s? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Messiah.
How Paul Was Sent Out
11Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Good News proclaimed by me is not man-made.
12I did not receive it from any human, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Yeshua the Messiah.
13For you have heard of my earlier behavior in Judaism—how I persecuted God’s community beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
14I was even advancing within Judaism beyond many my own age among my people, being a more extreme observer of my fathers’ traditions.
15But when God—who set me apart from birth and called me through His grace—was pleased
16to reveal His Son to me so I would proclaim Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with any human.
17I did not go up to Jerusalem to those who were emissaries before me, either. Instead I went away to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.
18Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to visit with Peter, and I stayed with him fifteen days.
19But I saw no other emissaries except Jacob, the Lord’s brother.
20(In what I’m writing you, before God, I do not lie.)
21Then I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22But I was personally unknown to Messiah’s communities of Judea;
23they only kept hearing, “The one who once persecuted us now proclaims the Good News he once tried to destroy!”
24So they were praising God because of me.