Galatians - 1

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1From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any human being but by JesusChrist and God the Father who raised him from the dead, 2and al the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia. 3Grace and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ 4who gave himself for our sins to liberate us from this present wicked world, in accordance with the wil ofour God and Father, 5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 6I am astonished that you are so promptly turning away from the one who cal ed you in the grace ofChrist and are going over to a different gospel- 7not that it is another gospel; except that there are trouble-makers among you who are seeking to pervertthe gospel of Christ. 8But even if we ourselves or an angel from heaven preaches to you a gospel other than the one wepreached to you, let God's curse be on him. 9I repeat again what we declared before: anyone who preaches to you a gospel other than the one youwere first given is to be under God's curse. 10Whom am I trying to convince now, human beings or God? Am I trying to please human beings? If Iwere stil doing that I should not be a servant of Christ. 11Now I want to make it quite clear to you, brothers, about the gospel that was preached by me, that itwas no human message. 12It was not from any human being that I received it, and I was not taught it, but it came to me through arevelation of Jesus Christ. 13You have surely heard how I lived in the past, within Judaism, and how there was simply no limit to the way I persecuted the Church of God in my attempts to destroy it; 14and how, in Judaism, I outstripped most of my Jewish contemporaries in my limitless enthusiasm forthe traditions of my ancestors. 15But when God, who had set me apart from the time when I was in my mother's womb, cal ed methrough his grace and chose 16to reveal his Son in me, so that I should preach him to the gentiles, I was in no hurry to confer with anyhuman being, 17or to go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me. Instead, I went off toArabia, and later I came back to Damascus. 18Only after three years did I go up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas. I stayed fifteen days with him 19but did not set eyes on any of the rest of the apostles, only James, the Lord's brother. 20I swear before God that what I have written is the truth. 21After that I went to places in Syria and Cilicia; 22and was stil unknown by sight to the churches of Judaea which are in Christ, 23they simply kept hearing it said, 'The man once so eager to persecute us is now preaching the faiththat he used to try to destroy,' 24and they gave glory to God for me.
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