Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Galaćanima 1

Svi ovdašnji kršćani također šalju pozdrav crkvama u Galaciji.

Neka vam Bog Otac i Gospodin Isus Krist dadu milost i mir.

Krist je umro za naše grijehe, baš kao što je Bog Otac bio i naumio, da nas spasi iz ovoga zlog svijeta u kojemu živimo.

Zato sva slava pripada Bogu u vijekove vjekova. Amen.

Samo je jedno evanđelje

Ne 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

koji za sebe tvrdi da je Kristovo evanđelje, ali to nije. Prevarili su vas ljudi koji izvrću i mijenjaju istinu o Kristu.

Ali 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.

I ponavljam: neka je proklet svatko tko bi vam navješćivao neko drugo evanđelje osim onoga koje ste već prihvatili.

10 Očito 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

11 Draga braćo, hoću da znate kako evanđelje koje sam propovijedao nije ljudska predaja.

12 Nisam ga primio ni naučio ni od kakva čovjeka, već od samoga Isusa Krista koji mi se objavio.

13 Znate i sami kakav sam bio kao sljedbenik židovske religije - da sam proganjao Božju crkvu i htio ju zatrti.

14 Bio sam među najrevnijim židovima svojega naraštaja i svim silama se trudio slijediti očinske predaje svoje vjere.

15 Ali kad se Bogu, koji me je odabrao i pozvao svojom milošću još prije mojega rođenja, svidjelo

16 da mi objavi svojega Sina kako bih ga naviještao među poganima, nisam se savjetovao ni s kojim čovjekom

17 niti sam išao u Jeruzalem k onima koji su prije mene bili apostoli, nego sam otišao u Arabiju pa se zatim vratio u Damask.

18 Tek nakon tri godine otišao sam Petru[a] u Jeruzalem i ostao s njim petnaest dana.

19 Od apostola tada nisam više nikoga vidio osim Jakova, brata našega Gospodina.

20 Bog mi je svjedok da vam to ne lažem.

21 Otišao sam zatim u sirijske i cilicijske krajeve.

22 Kršćani u judejskim crkvama nisu me osobno poznavali.

23 Znali su samo da ljudi o meni govore: 'Naš progonitelj sada propovijeda vjeru koju se trudio zatrti!'

24 I slavili su Boga zbog mene.

Notas al pie

  1. Poslanica Galaćanima 1:18 U grčkome: Kefi

The Message

Galatians 1

11-5 I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. I’m God-commissioned. So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace! We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. Glory to God forever! Oh, yes!

The Message

6-9 I can’t believe your fickleness—how easily you have turned traitor to him who called you by the grace of Christ by embracing a variant message! It is not a minor variation, you know; it is completely other, an alien message, a no-message, a lie about God. Those who are provoking this agitation among you are turning the Message of Christ on its head. Let me be blunt: If one of us—even if an angel from heaven!—were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed. I said it once; I’ll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed.

10-12 Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave. Know this—I am most emphatic here, friends—this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. I didn’t receive it through the traditions, and I wasn’t taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ.

13-16 I’m sure that you’ve heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way. In those days I went all out in persecuting God’s church. I was systematically destroying it. I was so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career. Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother’s womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity! Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him.

16-20 Immediately after my calling—without consulting anyone around me and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was—I got away to Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus, but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. I was there only fifteen days—but what days they were! Except for our Master’s brother James, I saw no other apostles. (I’m telling you the absolute truth in this.)

21-24 Then I began my ministry in the regions of Syria and Cilicia. After all that time and activity I was still unknown by face among the Christian churches in Judea. There was only this report: “That man who once persecuted us is now preaching the very message he used to try to destroy.” Their response was to recognize and worship God because of me!