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Galatians 1


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.

Nueva Versión Internacional (Castilian)

Gálatas 1

1Pablo, apóstol, no por investidura ni mediación humanas, sino por Jesucristo y por Dios Padre, que lo levantó de entre los muertos; y todos los hermanos que están conmigo,

a las iglesias de Galacia:

Que Dios nuestro Padre y el Señor Jesucristo os concedan gracia y paz. Jesucristo dio su vida por nuestros pecados para rescatarnos de este mundo malvado, según la voluntad de nuestro Dios y Padre, a quien sea la gloria por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

No hay otro evangelio

Me asombra que tan pronto estéis dejando a quien os llamó por la gracia de Cristo, para pasaros a otro evangelio. No es que haya otro evangelio, sino que ciertos individuos están sembrando confusión entre vosotros y quieren tergiversar el evangelio de Cristo. Pero, aun si alguno de nosotros o un ángel del cielo os predicara un evangelio distinto del que os hemos predicado, ¡que caiga bajo maldición! Como ya lo hemos dicho, ahora lo repito: si alguien os anda predicando un evangelio distinto del que recibisteis, ¡que caiga bajo maldición!

10 ¿Qué busco con esto: ganarme la aprobación humana o la de Dios? ¿Pensáis que procuro agradar a los demás? Si yo buscara agradar a otros, no sería siervo de Cristo.

Pablo, llamado por Dios

11 Quiero que sepáis, hermanos, que el evangelio que yo predico no es invención humana. 12 No lo recibí ni lo aprendí de ningún ser humano, sino que me llegó por revelación de Jesucristo.

13 Vosotros ya estáis enterados de mi conducta cuando pertenecía al judaísmo, de la furia con que perseguía a la iglesia de Dios, tratando de destruirla. 14 En la práctica del judaísmo, yo aventajaba a muchos de mis contemporáneos en mi celo exagerado por las tradiciones de mis antepasados. 15 Sin embargo, Dios me había apartado desde el vientre de mi madre y me llamó por su gracia. Y, cuando él tuvo a bien 16 revelarme a su Hijo para que yo lo predicara entre los gentiles, no consulté con nadie. 17 Tampoco subí a Jerusalén para ver a los que eran apóstoles antes que yo, sino que fui de inmediato a Arabia, de donde luego regresé a Damasco.

18 Después de tres años, subí a Jerusalén para visitar a Pedro,[a] y me quedé con él quince días. 19 No vi a ningún otro apóstol; solo vi a Jacobo, el hermano del Señor. 20 Dios me es testigo de que en esto que os escribo no miento. 21 Más tarde fui a las regiones de Siria y Cilicia. 22 Pero en Judea las iglesias de[b] Cristo no me conocían personalmente. 23 Solo habían oído decir: «El que antes nos perseguía ahora predica la fe que procuraba destruir». 24 Y por mi causa glorificaban a Dios.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:18 Aquí el autor usa Cefas, nombre arameo de Pedro; también en 2:9,11,14.
  2. 1:22 de. Lit. en.