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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.

New International Reader's Version

Galatians 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle. People have not sent me. No human authority has sent me. I have been sent by Jesus Christ and by God the Father. God raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters who are with me join me in writing.

We are sending this letter to you, the members of the churches in Galatia.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins. He set us free from this evil world. That was what our God and Father wanted. Give glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.

There Is No Other Good News

I am amazed. You are so quickly deserting the one who chose you. He chose you to live in the grace that Christ has provided. You are turning to a different “good news.” What you are accepting is really not the good news at all. It seems that some people have gotten you all mixed up. They are trying to twist the good news about Christ. But suppose even we should preach a different “good news.” Suppose even an angel from heaven should preach it. Suppose it is different from the good news we gave you. Then let anyone who does that be cursed by God. I have already said it. Now I will say it again. Suppose someone preaches a “good news” that is different from what you accepted. That person should be cursed by God.

10 Am I now trying to get people to think well of me? Or do I want God to think well of me? Am I trying to please people? If I were, I would not be serving Christ.

Paul Was Appointed by God

11 Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. The good news I preached does not come from human beings. 12 No one gave it to me. No one taught it to me. Instead, I received it from Jesus Christ. He showed it to me.

13 You have heard how I lived earlier in my Jewish way of life. With all my strength I attacked the church of God. I tried to destroy it. 14 I was moving ahead in my Jewish way of life. I went beyond many of my people who were my own age. I held firmly to the teachings passed down by my people. 15 But God set me apart from before the time I was born. He showed me his grace by appointing me. He was pleased 16 to show his Son in my life. He wanted me to preach about Jesus among the Gentiles. When God appointed me, I decided right away not to ask anyone for advice. 17 I didn’t go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem. I went there to get to know Peter. I stayed with him for 15 days. 19 I didn’t see any of the other apostles. I only saw James, the Lord’s brother. 20 Here is what you can be sure of. And God is even a witness to it. What I am writing you is not a lie.

21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22 The members of Christ’s churches in Judea did not know me in a personal way. 23 They only heard others say, “The man who used to attack us has changed. He is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me.