O Livro

Gálatas 1

1Eu, Paulo, chamado para ser apóstolo, não por qualquer organização ou autoridade humana, mas por Jesus Cristo e por Deus o Pai, que ressuscitou Jesus da morte, dirijo esta carta às igrejas da Galácia, na companhia de todos os cristãos daqui, nossos irmãos na mesma fé.

Desejo que recebam a graça e a paz de Deus, nosso Pai, e do Senhor Jesus Cristo, o qual se deu a si mesmo, sofrendo o castigo dos nossos pecados, de acordo com o plano de Deus, para nos livrar deste mundo mau. Assim, damos toda a glória a Deus para todo o sempre. Amém!

Há um só evangelho

Estou muito admirado da rapidez com que se desviaram de Deus, que na sua graça chamou a participar da vida eterna através de Cristo. Afinal, estão a seguir outro evangelho. Aliás, nem sequer é evangelho algum. Há algumas pessoas que andam a perturbar-vos e a querer torcer o sentido do evangelho de Cristo. Se alguém, ainda que seja eu próprio ou mesmo um anjo do céu, vier pregar-vos, sob o nome de evangelho, outra mensagem além daquela que já vos temos anunciado, seja maldito. Disse e volto a repetir: se alguém vier pregar-vos outro evangelho diferente daquele que já uma vez aceitaram, seja maldito.

10 Se falo assim, lembrem-se que é porque procuro agradar não a pessoas, mas a Deus. Se procurasse conformar-me às opiniões de homens não poderia ser servo de Cristo.

Paulo foi chamado por Deus

11 Posso garantir-vos, irmãos, que o evangelho, que vos tenho anunciado, não é de origem humana; 12 não foi arquitetado pelo pensamento humano. Também nem sequer foi de homens que o recebi; foi Jesus Cristo mesmo quem mo revelou.

13 Sabem como eu era quando seguia a religião judaica e como perseguia, sem misericórdia, a igreja de Deus, procurando destruí-la. 14 Na prática da religião judaica ultrapassava muitos da minha idade, meus compatriotas, e era extremamente zeloso no respeito pelas tradições de meus pais.

15 Mas a vontade de Deus era outra! Mesmo antes de nascer, Deus já me tinha escolhido e designado, com uma bondade que eu não merecia, 16 para revelar o seu Filho em mim, a fim de que o pregasse entre os gentios. Quando chegou o momento de cumprir esse mandato, não fui imediatamente procurar a opinião de ninguém; 17 nem sequer voltei a Jerusalém encontrar-me com os que já antes de mim eram apóstolos. Antes parti para a Arábia, regressando depois a Damasco.

18 Foi só passados três anos que tornei a ir a Jerusalém para contactar pessoalmente com Pedro, tendo ficado com ele durante quinze dias. 19 E não vi nenhum outro dos apóstolos, senão Tiago, irmão do Senhor. 20 Acreditem que aquilo que vos escrevo é a verdade; Deus é testemunha disso. 21 E depois dessa visita parti para a Síria e para a Cilícia. 22 Entretanto os crentes das igrejas da Judeia continuavam sem me conhecer pessoalmente; 23 apenas tinham ouvido dizer que aquele que perseguia os cristãos anunciava agora a fé que antes procurava destruir. 24 E davam glória a Deus por minha causa.

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Galatians 1

Introduction

1Paul, an apostle (not commissioned and sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ—the Messiah—and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brothers who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself [as a sacrifice to atone] for our sins [to save and sanctify us] so that He might rescue us from this present evil [a]age, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father— to Him be [ascribed all] the glory through the ages of the ages. Amen.

Perversion of the Gospel

I am astonished and extremely irritated that you are so quickly shifting your allegiance and deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different [even contrary] gospel; which is really not another [gospel]; but there are [obviously] [b]some [people masquerading as teachers] who are disturbing and confusing you [with a misleading, counterfeit teaching] and want to distort the gospel of Christ [twisting it into something which it absolutely is not]. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we [originally] preached to you, let him be condemned to destruction! As we have said before, so I now say again, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from that which you received [from us], let him be condemned to destruction!

10 Am I now [c]trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Paul Defends His Ministry

11 For I want you to know, [d]believers, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel [it is not a human invention, patterned after any human concept]. 12 For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a [direct] revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You have heard of my career and former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to hunt down and persecute the church of God extensively and [with fanatical zeal] tried [my best] to destroy it. 14 And [you have heard how] I surpassed many of my contemporaries among my countrymen in [my advanced study of the laws of] Judaism, as I was extremely loyal to the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who had chosen me and set me apart before I was born, and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles [as the good news—the way of salvation], I did not immediately consult with [e]anyone [for guidance regarding God’s call and His revelation to me]. 17 Nor did I [even] go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia and stayed awhile, and afterward returned once more to Damascus.

18 Then three years later I did go up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas (Peter), and I stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other apostle except James, the [half] brother of the Lord. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you as if I were standing before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown by sight to the churches which were in Christ in Judea (Jerusalem and the surrounding region); 23 they only kept hearing, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the [good news of the] faith which he once was trying to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God [as the Author and Source of what had taken place and all that had been accomplished] in me.

Notas al pie

  1. Galatians 1:4 Or world.
  2. Galatians 1:7 These people are often called “Judaizers;” they were Jews professing to be believers, who taught that Gentile Christians had to conform to certain OT laws and rituals (especially circumcision) in order to be saved. They denied the saving power of God’s grace alone and also sought to discredit Paul’s apostleship and undermine his ministry. Some scholars question the validity of some or all of the Judaizers’ true faith in Christ and His message of salvation.
  3. Galatians 1:10 Paul’s question indicates that his opponents were accusing him of preaching only to gain a following.
  4. Galatians 1:11 Lit brethren.
  5. Galatians 1:16 Lit flesh and blood.