Galatians 1

Paul -- an apostle not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead ones -- and all the brothers with me, to the churches, the ones of Galatia. Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sin in order that he might rescue us from the present evil age according to the will of our God and father, to whom be glory from age to age, amen.

I am amazed that so quickly you have turned away from the one who called you in the grace of Christ into another good news, which is not another, except there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort Christ's good news. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you contrary to the one which we preached to you, may he be cursed! As we have said and now again I say -- if anyone to you preaches a message contrary to that which you have received, may he be cursed!

For now men do I persuade, or God? Do I seek to try to please men? If I am still trying to please men then I would not be Christ's servant. For I make known to you, brothers, the good news which by me was preached is not from man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it by man, but through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my conduct formerly in Judaism, that to the extreme I was persecuting the church of God and destroying it, and was progressing in Judaism above many contemporaries in my family, all the more zealous for my patriarchal traditions.

But when God was pleased, who had set me apart from my mother's womb and had called by his grace, to reveal his son in me so that I might preach him to the Gentiles, I did not immediately go to flesh and blood for advice, nor did I go up into Jerusalem to those before-me apostles, but I went down into Arabia and again returned to Damascus.

© 2005 Jeremy Wise