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!
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!
1Paulo mtumwi, osati wosankhidwa ndi anthu kapena kutumidwa ndi munthu ayi, koma Yesu Khristu, ndi Mulungu Atate amene anamuukitsa Yesuyo kwa akufa, 2 pamodzi ndi abale onse amene ali nane,
Kulembera mipingo ya ku Galatiya:
3 Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale nanu. 4 Yesuyo anadzipereka yekha chifukwa cha machimo athu kuti atipulumutse ku njira za moyo woyipa uno, molingana ndi chifuniro cha Mulungu ndi Atate athu. 5 Ulemerero ukhale kwa Mulunguyo mpaka muyaya. Ameni.
Uthenga Wabwino ndi Umodzi Wokha
6 Ine ndikudabwa kuti mukusiya mwamsangamsanga chotere Mulungu amene anakuyitanani mwachisomo cha Khristu ndipo mwatembenuka ndi kutsatira uthenga wina wosiyana, 7 umene si Uthenga Wabwino konse. Pali anthu ena amene akukusokonezani komanso akufuna kupotoza Uthenga Wabwino wa Khristu. 8 Ngakhale ife kapena mngelo wochokera kumwamba, akalalikira Uthenga Wabwino wosiyana ndi umene tinakulalikirani uja, iyeyo akhale wotembereredwa! 9 Monga tanena kale, tsopano ndikubwereza kunenanso kuti, “Ngati wina aliyense akulalikirani Uthenga Wabwino wosiyana ndi umene munawulandira, iyeyo akhale wotembereredwa.”
10 Kodi tsopano ndikufuna kukopa anthu kuti andivomereze, kapena Mulungu? Kapena ndikufuna kukondweretsa anthu? Ngati ine ndikanakhala kuti ndikufunabe kukondweretsa anthu, sindikanakhala mtumiki wa Khristu.
Paulo Woyitanidwa ndi Mulungu
11 Abale, ine ndikufuna kuti mudziwe, kuti Uthenga Wabwino umene ndinalalikira si ochokera kwa munthu ayi. 12 Ine sindinawulandire kuchokera kwa munthu aliyense, kapena kuphunzitsidwa; koma ndinawulandira mwa vumbulutso lochokera kwa Khristu.
13 Pakuti inu munamva za moyo wanga wakale mʼChiyuda, mmene ndinkazunzira mpingo wa Mulungu koopsa ndi kuyesetsa kuwuwononga. 14 Ine ndinkapambana Ayuda ambiri a msinkhu wanga pochita za Chiyuda, ndipo ndinali wachangu koposa pa miyambo ya makolo athu. 15 Koma Mulungu, amene anandipatula ine ndisanabadwe, ndi kundiyitana mwachisomo chake, atakondweretsedwa 16 kuvumbulutsa Mwana wake mwa ine, kuti ndikalalikire Khristuyo pakati pa anthu a mitundu ina, ine sindinapemphe nzeru kwa munthu aliyense. 17 Ine sindinapite ku Yerusalemu kukaonana ndi amene anali atumwi ine ndisanakhale mtumwi. Mʼmalo mwake nthawi yomweyo ndinapita ku Arabiya ndi kubwereranso ku Damasiko.
18 Pambuyo pake, patatha zaka zitatu, ndinapita ku Yerusalemu kukaonana ndi Petro ndikukhala naye masiku khumi ndi asanu. 19 Ine sindinaonane ndi atumwi enawo koma Yakobo yekha, mʼbale wa Ambuye. 20 Ine ndikutsimikizira inu pamaso pa Mulungu kuti zimene ndikukulemberani si zonama ayi. 21 Pambuyo pake ndinapita ku Siriya ndi ku Kilikiya. 22 Koma sindimadziwika ndi nkhope ku mipingo ya ku Yudeya imene ili mwa Khristu. 23 Iwo anangomva mbiri yokha yakuti, “Munthu amene poyamba anatizunza ife, tsopano akulalikira chikhulupiriro chimene iyeyo nthawi ina anafuna kuchiwononga.” 24 Ndipo iwo anayamika Mulungu chifukwa cha ine.