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Galatians 1

Introduction

1Paul, an apostle (not commissioned and sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ—the Messiah—and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brothers who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself [as a sacrifice to atone] for our sins [to save and sanctify us] so that He might rescue us from this present evil [a]age, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father— to Him be [ascribed all] the glory through the ages of the ages. Amen.

Perversion of the Gospel

I am astonished and extremely irritated that you are so quickly shifting your allegiance and deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different [even contrary] gospel; which is really not another [gospel]; but there are [obviously] [b]some [people masquerading as teachers] who are disturbing and confusing you [with a misleading, counterfeit teaching] and want to distort the gospel of Christ [twisting it into something which it absolutely is not]. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we [originally] preached to you, let him be condemned to destruction! As we have said before, so I now say again, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from that which you received [from us], let him be condemned to destruction!

10 Am I now [c]trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Paul Defends His Ministry

11 For I want you to know, [d]believers, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel [it is not a human invention, patterned after any human concept]. 12 For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a [direct] revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You have heard of my career and former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to hunt down and persecute the church of God extensively and [with fanatical zeal] tried [my best] to destroy it. 14 And [you have heard how] I surpassed many of my contemporaries among my countrymen in [my advanced study of the laws of] Judaism, as I was extremely loyal to the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who had chosen me and set me apart before I was born, and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles [as the good news—the way of salvation], I did not immediately consult with [e]anyone [for guidance regarding God’s call and His revelation to me]. 17 Nor did I [even] go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia and stayed awhile, and afterward returned once more to Damascus.

18 Then three years later I did go up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas (Peter), and I stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other apostle except James, the [half] brother of the Lord. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you as if I were standing before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown by sight to the churches which were in Christ in Judea (Jerusalem and the surrounding region); 23 they only kept hearing, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the [good news of the] faith which he once was trying to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God [as the Author and Source of what had taken place and all that had been accomplished] in me.

Notas al pie

  1. Galatians 1:4 Or world.
  2. Galatians 1:7 These people are often called “Judaizers;” they were Jews professing to be believers, who taught that Gentile Christians had to conform to certain OT laws and rituals (especially circumcision) in order to be saved. They denied the saving power of God’s grace alone and also sought to discredit Paul’s apostleship and undermine his ministry. Some scholars question the validity of some or all of the Judaizers’ true faith in Christ and His message of salvation.
  3. Galatians 1:10 Paul’s question indicates that his opponents were accusing him of preaching only to gain a following.
  4. Galatians 1:11 Lit brethren.
  5. Galatians 1:16 Lit flesh and blood.

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Galaterne 1

Indledende hilsen

1Dette brev er fra Paulus, der er kaldet til at tjene Jesus som apostel. Min kaldelse kommer ikke fra et menneske eller en gruppe mennesker. Den kommer fra Jesus Kristus selv og fra Gud, vores Far, som oprejste ham fra de døde. Jeg og alle vennerne, som er sammen med mig her, sender mange hilsener til jer, som tilhører de kristne menigheder i provinsen Galatien. Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud, vores Far, og Herren Jesus Kristus.

I ved, hvordan Jesus gav sit liv, for at vi kunne få tilgivelse for vores synder og blive sat fri fra de onde tanker og vaner, som hører denne verden til. Han gik i døden for os, fordi det var Guds vilje, han, som er vores Far. Han skal have æren i al evighed. Amen.

Galaterne er ved at svigte det sande budskab om Guds nåde

6-7 Jeg er chokeret over, at I så hurtigt har vendt jer fra Gud, som kaldte jer til at leve i Kristi nåde. Vi bragte jer det glædelige budskab om Jesus, men I har nu taget imod et andet budskab, som bestemt ikke er glædeligt. Der er nogen, der skaber forvirring iblandt jer ved at fordreje glædesbudskabet fra Kristus. Hvis nogen bringer jer et budskab, der går imod det, vi forkyndte for jer, bliver han ramt af Guds dom. Det gælder også, hvis vi selv eller en engel gør det. Lad mig sige det en gang til, fordi det er så vigtigt: Guds dom vil ramme enhver, der kommer med et andet budskab end det, I allerede har taget imod!

Paulusʼ autoritet som apostel

10 I kan godt se, at jeg ikke taler mennesker efter munden. Jeg ønsker kun at gøre Guds vilje og tjene ham. Hvis jeg bare sagde det, folk gerne vil høre, kunne jeg ikke tjene Kristus.

11-12 Jeg understreger for jer, kære venner, at det budskab, jeg har forkyndt jer, ikke er noget, som mennesker har fundet på, eller noget, jeg har lært under mine studier. Det er Jesus Kristus selv, der har åbenbaret det for mig.

13 I har hørt om, hvordan jeg engang levede som rettroende jøde. Jeg forfulgte de kristne af al magt og forsøgte at udrydde Guds menighed. 14 Jeg var helt opslugt af at studere og følge vores jødiske traditioner, og jeg var langt mere fanatisk i min religiøse overbevisning end mine jævnaldrende. 15-16 Men Gud besluttede at åbenbare sin Søn for mig, og da blev jeg klar over, at han, allerede før jeg blev født, havde udvalgt mig til at forkynde budskabet om Jesus for mennesker af alle folkeslag. Det gjorde han alene på grund af sin nåde og kærlighed. Da jeg fik den åbenbaring, spurgte jeg ikke straks mennesker til råds, 17 og jeg tog ikke til Jerusalem for at blive belært af dem, som allerede var apostle før mig. Nej, jeg begav mig straks ud i den arabiske ødemark og vendte senere tilbage til Damaskus.

18 Først tre år efter, at Jesus havde vist sig for mig, tog jeg til Jerusalem for at lære apostlen Peter at kende, og jeg blev hos ham i to uger. 19 Jeg så ikke noget til de andre apostle, undtagen Jesu bror, Jakob. 20 Gud er mit vidne på, at det, jeg skriver her, er den absolutte sandhed. 21 Efter opholdet i Jerusalem tog jeg til Syrien og Kilikien. 22 De kristne menigheder i Judæa havde aldrig mødt mig personligt. 23 Men de havde gentagne gange hørt, at den mand, som før i tiden forfulgte dem, nu udbredte den selv samme tro, som han før prøvede at udrydde. 24 Og de takkede Gud for, hvad der var sket med mig.