1Paul, #Ac 13:9 an apostle — not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father #Mt 5:16|NoBook| 6:1|NoBook| 11:27Jn 8:42 who raised Him from the dead #Ac 9:6|NoBook| 20:2422:10-21|NoBook| 26:16 — 2and all the brothers who are with me:
To the churches of Galatia. # A Roman province in what is now Turkey #Ac 16:6|NoBook| 18:231Co 16:12Tm 4:101Pt 1:1
3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord # Other mss read God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave Himself for our sins #Rm 6:23Ti 2:14 to rescue us from this present evil age, #Mt 20:28Rm 4:251Co 15:3Gl 2:20 according to the will of our God and Father. #Php 4:201Th 1:3|NoBook| 3:11Heb 10:71Pt 3:17Rv 10:7 5To whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called #Col 3:151Pt 1:15 you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — 7not that there is another gospel, #Ac 4:121Co 3:11 but there are some #Jd 4 who are troubling you and want to change the good news # Or gospel about the Messiah. 8But even if we or an angel #Gn 16:7Mt 13:49Lk 1:11Ac 5:19Rv 14:6 from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, #Rm 15:20 a curse be on him! # Or you, let him be condemned, or you, let him be condemned to hell ; Gk anathema 9As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, #Jd 3 a curse be on him!
10For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? #1Th 2:4 Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.
Paul Defends His Apostleship
11Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on human thought. # Lit not according to man 12For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation #1Pt 4:13 from Jesus Christ. #1Co 11:23|NoBook| 15:3
13For you have heard about my former way of life #2Pt 3:11 in Judaism: #Ac 8:1–9:2|NoBook| 26:4Php 3:5-6 I persecuted #Php 3:62Tm 3:12 God’s church to an extreme degree and tried to destroy it. 14I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. #Mk 7:3 15But when God, who from my birth set me apart and called #Mt 24:22Col 3:15 me by His grace, was pleased 16to reveal His Son #Jn 5:19Heb 1:2 in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone. # Lit flesh and blood 17I did not go up to Jerusalem #Mt 23:37Ac 8:1 to those who had become apostles #Jd 17 before me; instead I went to Arabia #Is 21:13Jr 25:24Ezk 27:21Gl 4:25 and came back to Damascus. #2Sm 8:5
18Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem #Ac 9:26 to get to know Cephas, # Other mss read Peter #Jn 1:42 and I stayed with him 15 days. 19But I didn’t see any of the other apostles except James, #Jd 1 the Lord’s brother. 20Now I am not lying in what I write to you. God is my witness. # Lit Behold, before God
21Afterward, I went to the regions of Syria #Nm 23:7Lk 2:2 and Cilicia. #Ac 9:3011:25-26 22I remained personally unknown to the Judean churches in Christ; 23they simply kept hearing: “He who formerly persecuted #Ac 8:1-3 us now preaches the faith #Jd 3 he once tried to destroy.” 24And they glorified God because of me.