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Galatians 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Greetings from Paul
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:1 - This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:2 - All the brothers and sisters[fn] here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:3 - May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ[fn] give you grace and peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:4 - Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:5 - All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
There Is Only One Good News
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:6 - I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ.[fn] You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:7 - but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:8 - Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:9 - I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:10 - Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Paul’s Message Comes from Christ
(cf. Act 9:1–25 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:11 - Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:12 - I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:13 - You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:14 - I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:15 - But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:16 - to reveal his Son to me[fn] so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.
When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:17 - Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.
(cf. Act 9:26–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:18 - Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter,[fn] and I stayed with him for fifteen days.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:19 - The only other apostle I met at that time was James, the Lord’s brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:20 - I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:21 - After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:22 - And still the Christians in the churches in Judea didn’t know me personally.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:23 - All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 1:24 - And they praised God because of me.
NLT Footnotes
Greek brothers; also in 1:11.
Some manuscripts read God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Some manuscripts read through loving mercy.
Or by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Or in me.
Greek with flesh and blood.
Greek Cephas.

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