Greetings from Paul
1This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.
2 All the brothers and sisters[a] here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.
3 May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ[b] give you grace and peace. 4 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. 5 All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
There Is Only One Good News
6 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ.[c] You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.
10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Paul’s Message Comes from Christ
11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. 12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.[d]
13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. 14 I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.
15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him 16 to reveal his Son to me[e] so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.
When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.[f] 17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.
18 Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter,[g] and I stayed with him for fifteen days. 19 The only other apostle I met at that time was James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie.
21 After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And still the churches in Christ that are in Judea didn’t know me personally. 23 All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” 24 And they praised God because of me.
6我很惊讶，你们竟然那么快就背弃了借着基督的恩典呼召你们的上帝，去追随别的福音！ 7其实那并不是福音，只是某些人扰乱你们的信仰，想篡改基督的福音。 8即便是我们或天使，若另传福音给你们，与我们以前传给你们的相悖，也该受咒诅。 9我们已经说过，现在我再说一次：如果有人向你们传别的福音，跟你们以前接受的不同，那人该受咒诅。
11弟兄姊妹，我告诉你们，我传的福音不是出于人的意思， 12因为这福音既不是我从人那里领受的，也不是我跟人学来的，而是耶稣基督亲自启示我的。 13你们都听说过我信奉犹太教时的所作所为，我怎样残酷地迫害上帝的教会，试图摧毁它。 14我在犹太教里比许多同辈的犹太人更进取，狂热地维护祖先的传统。
15然而，当我还在母腹中的时候，上帝就施恩将我分别出来并呼召了我。 16上帝既然乐意把祂的儿子启示给我，叫我向外族人传扬祂的福音，我就没有跟任何人1:16 “人”希腊文是“血肉”。商量， 17也没有上耶路撒冷去见那些比我先做使徒的人，而是立刻去了阿拉伯，然后回到大马士革。
18过了三年，我才到耶路撒冷去拜会彼得，和他一起住了十五天。 19我也见了主耶稣的弟弟雅各，此外没有见过其他使徒。 20我在上帝面前保证，我写给你们的绝无谎言。
21后来我又到了叙利亚和基利迦地区。 22那时，犹太境内基督的众教会都还没有见过我的面。 23他们只是听人说：“那个从前迫害我们的人如今在传扬他曾试图摧毁的信仰。” 24于是他们因为我的缘故将荣耀归给上帝。