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. Chapter 1.

Faith and freedom

Salutation (Galatia)

AN APOSTLE, not by human appointment or human commission, but by commission from Jesus Christ and from God the Father who raised him from the dead.
2 I and the group of friends now with me send greetings to the Christian congregations of Galatia.

3 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, [Some witnesses read: God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.] 4 who sacrificed himself for our sins, to rescue us out of this present age of wickedness, as our God and Father willed: 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

There is No Other Gospel

6 I am astonished to find you turning so quickly away from him who called you by grace, [Some witnesses read: from Christ who called you by grace; Or: from him who called you by grace of Christ.] and following a different gospel. 7 Not that it is in fact another gospel, only there are persons who unsettle your minds by trying to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But if anyone, if we ourselves or an angel from heaven, should preach a gospel at variance with the gospel we preached to you, he shall be held outcast. 9 I now repeat what I have said before: if anyone preaches a gospel at variance with the gospel which you received, let him be outcast!

10 Does my language now sound as if I were canvassing for men's support? Whose support do I want but God's alone? Do you think I am currying favour with men? If I still sought men's favour, I should be no servant of Christ.

How Paul Became an Apostle

11 I must make it clear to you, my friends, that the gospel you heard me preach is no human invention. 12 I did not take it over from any man; no man taught it me; I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You have heard what my manner of life was when I was still a practising Jew: how savagely I persecuted the church of God, and tried to destroy it; 14 and how in the practice of our national religion I was outstripping many of my Jewish contemporaries in my boundless devotion to the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But then in his good pleasure God, who had set me apart from birth and called me through his grace, chose 16 to reveal his Son to me and through me, in order that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles. When that happened, without consulting any human being, 17 without going up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me, I went off at once to Arabia, and afterwards returned to Damascus.

18 Three years later I did go up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas. I stayed with him for a fortnight, 19 without seeing any other of the apostles, except [Or: but only.] James the Lord's brother. 20 What I write is plain truth; before God I am not lying.

21 Next I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia, 22 and remained unknown by sight [Or: unknown personally.] to Christ's congregations in Judaea. 23 They only heard it said, 'Our former persecutor is preaching the good news of the faith which once he tried to destroy'; 24 and they praised God for me.

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