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.
6我很驚訝，你們竟然那麼快就背棄了藉著基督的恩典呼召你們的上帝，去追隨別的福音！ 7其實那並不是福音，只是某些人擾亂你們的信仰，想篡改基督的福音。 8即便是我們或天使，若另傳福音給你們，與我們以前傳給你們的相悖，也該受咒詛。 9我們已經說過，現在我再說一次：如果有人向你們傳別的福音，跟你們以前接受的不同，那人該受咒詛。
11弟兄姊妹，我告訴你們，我傳的福音不是出於人的意思， 12因為這福音既不是我從人那裡領受的，也不是我跟人學來的，而是耶穌基督親自啟示我的。 13你們都聽說過我信奉猶太教時的所作所為，我怎樣殘酷地迫害上帝的教會，試圖摧毀它。 14我在猶太教裡比許多同輩的猶太人更進取，狂熱地維護祖先的傳統。
15然而，當我還在母腹中的時候，上帝就施恩將我分別出來並呼召了我。 16上帝既然樂意把祂的兒子啟示給我，叫我向外族人傳揚祂的福音，我就沒有跟任何人1·16 「人」希臘文是「血肉」。商量， 17也沒有上耶路撒冷去見那些比我先作使徒的人，而是立刻去了阿拉伯，然後回到大馬士革。
18過了三年，我才到耶路撒冷去拜會彼得，和他一起住了十五天。 19我也見了主耶穌的弟弟雅各，此外沒有見過其他使徒。 20我在上帝面前保證，我寫給你們的絕無謊言。
21後來我又到了敘利亞和基利迦地區。 22那時，猶太境內基督的眾教會都還沒有見過我的面。 23他們只是聽人說：「那個從前迫害我們的人如今在傳揚他曾試圖摧毀的信仰。」 24於是他們因為我的緣故將榮耀歸給上帝。