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!

Nkwa Asem

Galatifo 1

Nkyia

1Saa krataa yi fi me Paulo a ɔfrɛ a wɔfrɛɛ me sɛ memmɛyɛ ɔsomafo no mfi onipa na mmom efi Yesu Kristo ne Agya Nyankopɔn a ɔma ɔsɔre fii awufo mu no nkyɛn. Me ne anuanom a wɔwɔ ha nyinaa bom kyia Galati asafo ahorow no nyinaa.

Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.

Yɛn bɔne nti, Kristo yɛɛ osetie maa yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn nam so de ne ho bɔɔ afɔre de gyee yɛn fii bɔne a yɛwɔ mu nnɛ yi mu. Anuonyam nka Onyankopɔn daa nyinaa. Amen.

Mo ho yɛ me nwonwa! Ɛnkyɛɛ koraa, morepa nea ɔnam Kristo adom so frɛɛ mo no akɔ asɛmpa foforo ho. Nokwarem, asɛmpa foforo biara nni baabi, nanso meka efisɛ, nnipa bi wɔ hɔ a wɔredan mo adwene pɛ sɛ wɔsesa Kristo Asɛmpa no.

Na sɛ yɛn anaa ɔbɔfo fi soro bɛka asɛmpa a nsonoe da ɛno ne yɛn Asɛmpa no ntam a, onii no bɛka afobu a enni awiei mu. Yɛaka dedaw na mereti mu bio se: Obiara a ɔbɛka asɛmpa a ɛne Asɛmpa a moagye atom no bɔ abira no bɛkɔ afobu a enni awiei mu.

10 Nea nnipa pene so na mereyɛ yi anaa? Dabi! Mepɛ nea Onyankopɔn pene so! Anaa mereyɛ nea ɛsɔ nnipa ani? Sɛ migu so reyɛ nea ɛsɔ nnipa ani a, ɛnne merenyɛ Kristo somfo.

Onyankopɔn frɛ Paulo

11 Anuanom, mepɛ sɛ mote ase sɛ, Asɛmpa a meka kyerɛ mo no mfi onipa. 12 Me nsa anka amfi onipa nkyɛn. Saa ara nso na ɛnyɛ onipa na ɔkyerɛɛ me. Ɛyɛ Kristo no ankasa na ɔdaa no adi kyerɛɛ me.

13 Moate sɛ na mesɛe m’adagyew nyinaa wɔ Yudasom ho. Afei moate nso sɛ na mede atirimɔden taa Onyankopɔn akyidifo na mefaa ɔkwan biara a metumi so pɛe sɛ metɔre wɔn ase. 14 M’afɛfo Yudafo no de, na m’adwene mu abue wɔ Yudasom ho sen wɔn nyinaa. Na mikita yɛn nenanom amanne nso mu denneenen.

15 Nanso Onyankopɔn nam n’adom so frɛɛ me ansa na ɔrewo me sɛ memmɛsom no. Na bere a osii n’adwene pi 16 sɛ ɔbɛda ne Ba no adi akyerɛ me sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mɛka Asɛmpa a ɛfa ne ho akyerɛ Amanamanmufo no, mankɔ obiara nkyɛn amma wantu me fo; 17 saa ara nso na mankɔ Yerusalem mankohu asomafo a na wodi m’anim kan no. Mmom, mekɔɔ Arabia prɛko pɛ ɛnna mesan m’akyi baa Damasko. 18 Mfirihyia abiɛsa akyi na mekɔɔ Petro nkyɛn wɔ Yerusalem ne no kodii nkɔmmɔ. Midii ne nkyɛn nnawɔtwe abien. 19 Manhu ɔsomafo biara wɔ hɔ ka Awurade nua Yakobo ho.

20 Nsɛm a merekyerɛw yi yɛ nokware. Merentwa nkontompo enti Onyankopɔn mmoa me.

21 Ɛno akyi mebaa Siria ne Kilikia. 22 Saa bere no na Kristo asafo horow a wɔwɔ Yudea no mu nnipa nnim me. 23 Nsɛm a na wɔaka afa me ho se, “Afei de ɔbarima no a na ɔtaa yɛn no ka gyidi a na ɔpɛ sɛ ɔsɛe no no ho asɛm.” 24 Na me nti, wɔhyɛɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam.