| 1 ¶ Paul, an apostle,
(not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who
raised him from the dead;)
2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
.4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
.5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
|4 - Deliver us from this ... world A promise with greater appeal as violence and greed increase on this planet.|
¶ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into
the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
.8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
.10 ¶ For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant [slave] of Christ.
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marvel that The tone of this whole letter shows that Paul was
agitated. While Paul wrote under inspiration, understanding his stress
may help us interpret what he says. Also see ga0211,
8 - Angel from heaven Today angel worship (although we don't call it that) is popular. We need to remember that messages from angels are not the standard of truth.
8 - Any other gospel So what is the gospel? Some then thought they knew but didn't. It's worth a close look today at how the Bible explains it.
10 - Seek to persuade men That is, "to please people." Liking those who minister to us is fine. Even the most sincere and loving, however, may have errors. Truth is not always popular. Jesus declared, Thy Word is truth. jn1717.
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is
not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
.13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
- Certify you "For I must tell you,
brethren, that the Good News which was proclaimed by me is not such as
man approves of." (Weymouth).
11 - Not after man Paul testifies of his divine calling. Teachers who discredited him because he was not one of the twelve were speaking against him.
12 - Of Jesus Christ Christ through the Holy Spirit guided Paul. This would include the understanding given to him on the way to Damascus. Many revelations given were given. See 2co1207. He no doubt learned while in Arabia, verse 17.
13 - Conversation From anastrophe, meaning behavior or conduct.
14 - Jews' religion which, as the verse says, consisted of traditions.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called
me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
.17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
17 - But I went This era of Paul's life we don't know much about.
| 18 Then after three
years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
.19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
.23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
24 And they glorified God in me.
- After three years He may have wanted to clarify that He
had been called by the Lord and had not learned from them. There may have
been a better approach
18 - Abode ... fifteen days He left in a hurry because of a death threat ac2217.