Galatians 1

1I am Paul the apostle, a messenger from God. Men did not call me to be an apostle. Men did not make me an apostle. Jesus Christ and God the Father made me an apostle. It was the same God the Father who raised Jesus from death. 2All the Christian brothers who are with me and I, send greetings. To the churches in the province of Galatia: 3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you with his loving kindness and give you peace. 4Christ gave his life to pay for the wrong things we have done. He did this to set us free from the wrong ways of this world. This is what our God and Father wanted him to do. 5All the praise for this belongs to God for ever and ever. Yes, it does!

6I am very much surprised. It is so soon, and you are leaving God who called you by the love of Christ. Instead you are listening to another good news. 7There is really no other good news. But some people are making you think wrong things. They want to change the good news of Christ. 8We are wrong if we tell you a different kind of good news. Even an angel from heaven is wrong to tell you something different. Let a punishment from God come upon us if we tell you a different kind of good news. 9We have said it before, and I say it again now. A curse be on any one who tells you a kind of good news which is not the good news we have already told you.

10Now, am I trying to please men or God? If I were still trying to please men, then I would not be the servant of Christ. 11My brothers, I want you to know this. The good news which I told you is not man’s good news. 12No man told it to me. No man taught it to me. But it was Jesus Christ who showed it to me. 13You have heard how I lived while I was still under the law of the Jews. I troubled the church of God very much. And I even tried to stop the church people altogether. 14I knew more about the law of the Jews than many of my own age among my people. I wanted much more than they did to obey the laws which our fathers passed down to us, even the ones that were not written. 15But God chose me to be an apostle before I was born. And he called me by his love. 16God wanted to show his Son to me so that I might tell people who are not Jews about him. I did not go and ask any other person about the good news. 17I did not go to Jerusalem to the men who were apostles before I was. But I went away into the country of Arabia. Then afterwards, I came back to the city of Damascus. 18Three years later, I went to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19James, the brother of the Lord, was the only other apostle I saw. I did not see any of the other apostles. 20God knows that what I am writing to you is not a lie. 21After I had been at Jerusalem, I went to the countries of Syria and Cilicia. 22At that time the churches of Christ in Judea did not know me. They had never seen me. 23They only heard people say, ‘This is the man who used to trouble us and he is now telling others to believe what he once tried to stop.’ 24And they praised God for what had happened to me.

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