1Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2and all the brothers and sisters1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15; 4:12, 28, 31; 5:11, 13; 6:1, 18. with me,
To the churches in Galatia:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Paul Called by God
11I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
13For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.
18Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas1:18 That is, Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. 19I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.
21Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24And they praised God because of me.
11:1 Mdo 9:15; 20:24; 1Kor 1:1Paulo mtume: si mtume wa wanadamu wala aliyetumwa na mwanadamu, bali na Yesu Kristo na Mungu Baba aliyemfufua Yesu kutoka kwa wafu; 21:2 Flp 4:21; Mdo 16:6; 1Kor 16:1na ndugu wote walio pamoja nami:
Kwa makanisa ya Galatia:
31:3 Rum 1:7; 1Kor 1:3; 2Kor 1:2; Efe 1:2; Flp 1:2; Kol 1:2; 1The 1:1Neema iwe nanyi na amani itokayo kwa Mungu Baba yetu na kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, 41:4 Rum 4:25; 1Kor 15:3; Flp 4:20aliyejitoa kwa ajili ya dhambi zetu ili apate kutuokoa katika ulimwengu huu wa sasa ulio mbaya, sawasawa na mapenzi yake yeye aliye Mungu na Baba yetu. 51:5 Rum 11:36Utukufu una yeye milele na milele. Amen.
Hakuna Injili Nyingine
61:6 Gal 5:8; 2Kor 11:4Nashangaa kwamba mnamwacha upesi hivyo yeye aliyewaita kwa neema ya Kristo na kuifuata Injili nyingine, 71:7 Mdo 15:24; Gal 5:10ambayo kwa kweli si Injili kamwe, ila kwa dhahiri kuna watu wanaowachanganya na wanaotaka kuipotosha Injili ya Kristo. 81:8 2Kor 11:4; Rum 9:3Lakini hata ikiwa sisi au malaika atokaye mbinguni akihubiri Injili nyingine tofauti na ile tuliyowahubiria sisi, basi mtu huyo alaaniwe milele! 91:9 Rum 16:17; Kum 4:2; 12:32; Mit 30:6; Ufu 22:18Kama vile tulivyokwisha kusema kabla, sasa nasema tena, ikiwa mtu yeyote atawahubiria Injili kinyume na ile mliyoipokea na alaaniwe milele!
101:10 1The 2:4; 1Sam 24:7; Mt 28:14; 1Yn 3:9; 1The 2:4Je, sasa mimi ninatafuta kukubaliwa na wanadamu au kukubaliwa na Mungu? Au nataka kuwapendeza wanadamu? Kama ningekuwa bado najaribu kuwapendeza wanadamu, nisingekuwa mtumishi wa Kristo.
Paulo Ameitwa Na Mungu
111:11 1Kor 15:1Ndugu zangu, nataka mjue kwamba Injili niliyowahubiria haikutokana na wanadamu. 121:12 1Kor 15:1, 3; Gal 1:1; Efe 3:3Kwa maana mimi sikuipokea hiyo Injili kutoka kwa mwanadamu, wala sikufundishwa na mtu, bali niliipata kwa ufunuo kutoka kwa Yesu Kristo.
131:13 Mdo 26:4, 5; 8:3Ninyi mmekwisha kusikia juu ya maisha yangu ya zamani nilipokuwa katika dini ya Kiyahudi, jinsi nilivyolitesa kanisa la Mungu kwa nguvu na kujaribu kuliangamiza. 141:14 Mt 15:2Nami niliendelea sana katika dini ya Kiyahudi kuliko Wayahudi wengi wa rika yangu maana nilijitahidi sana katika desturi za baba zangu. 151:15 Isa 49:1, 5; Mdo 9:15Lakini ilipompendeza Mungu, aliyenitenga tangu tumboni mwa mama yangu na kuniita kwa neema yake, 161:16 Gal 2:9; Mt 16:17alimdhihirisha Mwanawe kwangu, ili nipate kumhubiri miongoni mwa watu wa Mataifa. Mimi sikushauriana na mwanadamu yeyote, 171:17 Mdo 9:2, 19-22wala sikupanda kwenda Yerusalemu kuwaona hao waliokuwa mitume kabla yangu, bali nilikwenda mara moja Arabuni na kisha nikarudi Dameski.
181:18 Mdo 9:22, 23; 9:26, 27Kisha baada ya miaka mitatu nilipanda kwenda Yerusalemu kuonana na Kefa1:18 Yaani Petro. na nilikaa naye siku kumi na tano. 191:19 Mt 13:55Lakini sikumwona mtume mwingine yeyote isipokuwa Yakobo, ndugu yake Bwana. 201:20 Rum 9:1; 1:9Nawahakikishia mbele za Mungu kuwa ninayowaandikia si uongo. 211:21 Mdo 6:9; 9:30Baadaye nilikwenda sehemu za Syria1:21 Syria hapa ina maana ya Shamu. na Kilikia. 221:22 1The 2:14; Rum 16:3Lakini mimi binafsi sikujulikana kwa makanisa ya huko Uyahudi yaliyo katika Kristo. 231:23 Mdo 6:7; 8:3Wao walisikia habari tu kwamba, “Mtu yule ambaye hapo kwanza alikuwa akitutesa sasa anahubiri imani ile ile aliyokuwa akijaribu kuiangamiza.” 241:24 Mt 9:8Nao wakamtukuza Mungu kwa sababu yangu.