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Galatians

From Paul, an Apostle, not appointed by a group or individual, but through Jesus Messiah and God who is the Father, the One who raised him from the dead; and from all the brothers and sisters who are with me, to the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God who is the Father and from our lord Jesus Messiah, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To Him be the glory for all ages. Amen. I am astonished and appalled at how quickly you are deserting the One who called you in the grace of Messiah, for another Gospel. Not that there really is another Gospel — but some people are agitating you and aiming to distort the Gospel of Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven were to preach a different Gospel from the one we preached to you, let him be cursed. As we have said before, I now repeat: if anyone preaches to you a different Gospel from the one you accepted, let him be cursed! Am I now trying to win the approval of people, or of God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Messiah. I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel I preached is not a human idea. I did not receive it from people, nor did they teach it to me, but it came through a revelation from Jesus Messiah. For you have heard of my previous lifestyle in Judaism, how I fanatically persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many other Jews my age, as I was so zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when the One who had set me apart even before I was born and called me through His grace was pleased to reveal His Son to me and in me, so that I could announce his Gospel to the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with any people. Nor did I go to Jerusalem to those who were Apostles before me, but I first went away to Arabia, and then I returned to Damascus. It was only after three years that I went to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and I stayed with him for fifteen days. I saw no other Apostles except James, the lord’s brother. With God as my witness, what I am writing to you is not a lie. I then went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. I was still not personally known to the churches of Judea in Messiah. They had only heard that the person who had been persecuting them was now proclaiming the Gospel of the faith which earlier he had tried to destroy. And they praised God because of me.

Galatians