1Ovo je pismo od apostola Pavla. Nije me imenovala neka skupina ljudi ni ljudska vlast. Pozvao me sam Isus Krist i Bog Otac koji je Isusa podignuo od mrtvih. 2Svi ovdašnji kršćani također šalju pozdrav crkvama u Galaciji.
3Neka vam je milost i mir od našega Boga Oca i Gospodina Isusa Krista. 4Krist je umro za naše grijehe, baš kao što je Bog Otac bio i naumio, da nas spasi iz ovoga zlog svijeta u kojemu živimo. 5Zato sva slava pripada Bogu u vijekove vjekova. Amen.
Samo je jedno evanđelje
6Ne mogu se načuditi da se tako brzo odvraćate od Boga koji vas je pozvao u svojoj ljubavi i milosti u vječni život što ga daje kroz Krista. Vi već slijedite neki drugi put 7koji za sebe tvrdi da je Kristovo evanđelje, ali to nije. Prevarili su vas ljudi koji izvrću i mijenjaju istinu o Kristu.
8Ali neka je proklet svatko—pa bio to i ja ili čak anđeo s neba—tko vam navješćuje neko drugo evanđelje od onoga koje sam vam već navijestio. 9I ponavljam: neka je proklet svatko tko bi vam navješćivao neko drugo evanđelje osim onoga koje ste već prihvatili.
10Očito je da ne pokušavam ugoditi ljudima! Ne; trudim se ugoditi Bogu. Kad bih se još uvijek trudio ugađati ljudima, ne bih bio Kristov sluga.
Pavlovo evanđelje dolazi od Krista
11Draga braćo, hoću da znate kako evanđelje koje sam propovijedao nije ljudska predaja. 12Nisam ga primio ni naučio ni od kakva čovjeka, već od samoga Isusa Krista koji mi se objavio.
13Znate i sami kakav sam bio kao sljedbenik židovske religije—da sam proganjao Božju crkvu i htio ju zatrti. 14Bio sam među najrevnijim Židovima svojega naraštaja i svim silama se trudio slijediti očinske predaje svoje vjere.
15Ali kad se Bogu, koji me je odabrao i pozvao svojom milošću još prije mojega rođenja, svidjelo 16da mi objavi svojega Sina kako bih ga naviještao među poganima, nisam se savjetovao ni s kojim čovjekom 17niti sam išao u Jeruzalem k onima koji su prije mene bili apostoli, nego sam otišao u Arabiju pa se zatim vratio u Damask.
18Tek nakon tri godine otišao sam Petru1:18 U grčkome: Kefi. u Jeruzalem i ostao s njim petnaest dana. 19Od apostola tada nisam više nikoga vidio osim Jakova, brata našega Gospodina. 20Bog mi je svjedok da vam to ne lažem.
21Otišao sam zatim u sirijske i cilicijske krajeve. 22Kršćani u judejskim crkvama nisu me osobno poznavali. 23Čuli su samo da ljudi o meni govore: “Naš progonitelj sada propovijeda vjeru koju se trudio zatrti”, 24i slavili su Boga zbog mene.
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. 2All 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.
3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 4Jesus gave his life for our sins. He set us free from this evil world. That was what our God and Father wanted. 5Give glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.
There Is No Other Good News
6I 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.” 7What 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. 8But 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. 9I 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.
10Am 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
11Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. The good news I preached does not come from human beings. 12No one gave it to me. No one taught it to me. Instead, I received it from Jesus Christ. He showed it to me.
13You 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. 14I 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. 15But God set me apart from before the time I was born. He showed me his grace by appointing me. He was pleased 16to 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. 17I 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.
18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem. I went there to get to know Peter. I stayed with him for 15 days. 19I didn’t see any of the other apostles. I only saw James, the Lord’s brother. 20Here is what you can be sure of. And God is even a witness to it. What I am writing you is not a lie.
21Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22The members of Christ’s churches in Judea did not know me in a personal way. 23They only heard others say, “The man who used to attack us has changed. He is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24And they praised God because of me.