Galatians Chapter One



1. From Paul, commissioned ( not by human appointment, or for any human program, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead)

2. And from my fellow believers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia

3. I pray for the grace and peace of God the Father and of our Lord Jesus Christ to be with you,

4. Who gave his life for our sinfulness so that he could rescue us out of this age of darkness and fulfill the determined purpose of God our Father.

5. To whom we give all glory for all eternity. Amen.

6. I am astonished that you have switched sides from he who invited you into the gift of Christ’s life, to a different message

7. Which is not the same message at all. Some people have stirred things up and confused you by distorting the truth of  our message of a shared life with Jesus

8. But even if we, or an angel from heaven preaches any other message to you other than what we have preached to you, don’t have anything to do with him. Let God deal with him.

9. I’ll say it again – if anyone brings any different message than what you have received from us – have nothing at all to do with him. God will deal with him.

10. Does this sound to you like I am trying to get approval from men, or special favor from God? If that is what I still wanted then I could not be the servant of Christ.

11. I am telling you outright that the message I brought you is not some program of man.

12. Because I didn’t pick it up from men or have it taught to me by men, but it came from a revelation of Jesus Christ.

13. You all know about my past behavior in the Jewish religion and my outrageous persecution of the church of God and how I tried my best to destroy it.

14. And how I was more successful than any of my peers in my own land. That was because I was more fervent than anybody about the customs and traditions of our religious fathers.

15. But when God’s time came, who set me apart before I was even born, I was called to receive this gift of  grace

16. For him to reveal his Son within me, so that I could proclaim him to the non Jewish world. From that moment I did not seek out advice from any other person

17. I didn’t even go up to Jerusalem to talk to the established apostles, but I went into Arabia and then went home to Damascus.

18. Only then, after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter and I stayed with him for fifteen days.

19. But I did not see any of the other apostles, except the Lord’s brother, James.

20. So what I write to you I can say before God is the absolute truth.

21. After all that I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia,

22. And I had not been seen in person by any of the churches in Christ of Judea.

23. All that they heard of me was that the one who had persecuted them in the past was now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.

24. And they gave God the glory for what he had done in me.

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