And all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
Grace and spiritual blessing be to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah),
Who gave (yielded) Himself up for our sins , in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father--
To Him the glory through all the ages of the ages and the eternities of the eternities! Amen (so be it).
I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly Joseph P. Lightfoot, Notes on the Epistles of Saint Paul.turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) to a different gospel.
Not that there is any other , but there are some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) .
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!
As we said before, so I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from or contrary to that which you received , let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!
Now am I trying to win the favor of men, or of God? Do I seek to please men? If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah).
For I want you to know, brethren, that the Gospel which was proclaimed and made known by me is not man's gospel .
For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but through a revelation by Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
You have heard of my earlier career and former manner of life in the Jewish religion (Judaism), how I persecuted and abused the church of God furiously and extensively, and to make havoc of it and destroy it.
And I outstripped many of the men of my own generation among the people of my race in Judaism, so extremely enthusiastic and zealous I was for the traditions of my ancestors.
But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased
To reveal (unveil, disclose) His Son within me so that I might proclaim Him among the Gentiles (the non-Jewish world) as the glad tidings (Gospel), immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood .
Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles (special messengers of Christ) before I was, but I went away and retired into Arabia, and afterward I came back again to Damascus.
Then three years later, I did go up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas (Peter), and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any of the other apostles (the special messengers of Christ) except James the brother of our Lord.
Now , I write this as if I were standing before the bar of God; I do not lie.
Then I went into the districts (countries, regions) of Syria and Cilicia.
And so far I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Christ in Judea (the country surrounding Jerusalem).
They were only hearing it said, He who used to persecute us is now proclaiming the very faith he once reviled and which he set out to ruin and tried with all his might to destroy.
And they glorified God in me.
Summary: Paul begins with three negatives, likely direct disproof of his opponents’ claims that Paul’s credentials were untrustworthy.
1. Paul’s gospel was not according to man.
2. It was not received from man.
3. It had not been taught to him.
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