1Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but #Acts 9:6through Jesus Christ and God the Father #Acts 2:24who raised Him from the dead), 2and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4#(Matt. 20:28)who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us #Heb. 2:5from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Only One Gospel
6I marvel that you are turning away so soon #(Rom. 8:28); Gal. 1:15; 5:8from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7#2 Cor. 11:4which is not another; but there are some #Acts 15:1; Gal. 5:10, 12who trouble you and want to #2 Cor. 2:17pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if #1 Cor. 16:22we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you #Deut. 4:2than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10For #(1 Cor. 10:33); 1 Thess. 2:4do I now #1 Sam. 24:7persuade men, or God? Or #1 Thess. 2:4do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Call to Apostleship
11#(Rom. 2:16); 1 Cor. 15:1But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12For #1 Cor. 15:1I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came #(Eph. 3:3–5)through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how #Acts 9:1I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and #Acts 8:3; 22:4, 5tried to destroy it. 14And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, #Acts 26:9; Phil. 3:6being more exceedingly zealous #Jer. 9:14; Matt. 15:2; Mark 7:3; (Col. 2:8)for the traditions of my fathers.
15But when it pleased God, #Is. 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; Acts 9:15; Rom. 1:1; Gal. 1:6who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16#(2 Cor. 4:5–7)to reveal His Son in me, that #Acts 9:15; Gal. 2:9I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with #Matt. 16:17flesh and blood, 17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Contacts at Jerusalem
18Then after three years #Acts 9:26I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19But #1 Cor. 9:5I saw none of the other apostles except #Matt. 13:55James, the Lord’s brother. 20(Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21#Acts 9:30Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which #Rom. 16:7were in Christ. 23But they were #Acts 9:20, 21hearing only, “He who formerly #Acts 8:3persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24And they #Acts 11:18glorified God in me.