Knijga O Kristu

Galaćanima 1:1-24

Pavlovi pozdravi

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.

New International Version - UK

Galatians 1:1-24

1Paul, an apostle – sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead – 2and all the brothers and sisters1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15; 4:12, 28, 31; 5:11, 13; 6:1, 18. with me,

To the churches in Galatia:

3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

No other gospel

6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

10Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Paul called by God

11I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

13For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

18Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas1:18 That is, Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. 19I saw none of the other apostles – only James, the Lord’s brother. 20I assure you before God that what I am writing to you is no lie.

21Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23They only heard the report: ‘The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’ 24And they praised God because of me.