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