apostle Paul and
from all the Lord's followers with me
I was chosen to be an apostle by
Jesus Christ and by God the Father,
who raised him from death.
No mere human chose or appointed me to this work.
To the churches in Galatia:
I pray that God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ
will be kind to you and will
bless you with peace!
Christ obeyed God our Father
gave himself as a sacrifice
for our sins to rescue us from this evil world.
God will be given glory
forever and ever. Amen.
The Only True Message
I am shocked that you have so quickly turned from God,
who chose you with his gift of undeserved grace.[a]
You have believed another message,
when there is really only one true message.
But some people are causing you trouble
and want to
make you turn away from the
good news about Christ.
I pray that God will punish anyone who preaches
anything different from our message to you!
It doesn't matter if that person is one of us or an angel from heaven.
I have said it before, and I will say it again.
I hope God will punish anyone who preaches
anything different from what you
have already believed.
I am not trying to please people. I want to please God.
Do you think I am trying to please people?
If I were doing that,
I would not be a servant of Christ.
How Paul Became
I want you to know that
no one made up the message I preach.
It wasn't given or taught to me by
some mere human.
came directly from
when he appeared to me.
You know how I used to live as a Jew.
I was cruel to God's church and even tried to destroy it.
I was a much better Jew than anyone else my own age,
and I obeyed every law our ancestors had
But even before I was born,
God had chosen me by his gift of undeserved grace
and had decided to show me his Son,
so I would announce
his message to the Gentiles.
I didn't talk this over with anyone.
I didn't say a word,
not even to the men in Jerusalem
who were apostles before I was.
Instead, I went at once to Arabia,
and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
Three years later
I went to visit
in Jerusalem and stayed with him for 15 days.
The only other apostle I saw was James, the Lord's brother.
And in the
presence of God
I swear I am
telling the truth.
Later, I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. But no one who belonged to Christ's churches in Judea had ever seen me in person.
They had only heard that the one who had been cruel to them was now preaching the message that he had once tried to destroy.
And because of me, they praised God.
Fourteen years later I went to Jerusalem with Barnabas.
I also took along Titus. But I went there
because God had told me to go,
and I explained the good news
I had been preaching to the Gentiles.
Then I met
privately with the ones
who seemed to be the most important leaders.
I wanted to make sure
my work in the past and my future work
would not be for nothing.
Titus went to Jerusalem with me.
He was a Greek, but
he wasn't forced to be circumcised.
We went there because of those who
pretended to be followers
sneaked in among us as spies.
They had come to
the freedom Christ Jesus had given us,
and they were trying
make us their slaves.
But we wanted you to have the
This is why we didn't give in to them, not even for a second.
Some of them were
supposed to be important leaders, but
I didn't care who they were.
God doesn't have any favorites!
None of these so-called special leaders
added anything to my message.
God had sent me with the good news
for Gentiles, and he had
Peter with the same message for Jews.
God, who had sent Peter on a mission to the Jews,
using me to preach to the Gentiles.
James, Peter, and John realized
that God had
given me the message
gift of undeserved grace.
And these men are supposed to be the
backbone of the church.
They even gave Barnabas and me a friendly handshake.
This was to show that we would work with Gentiles
and that they would work with Jews.
They only asked us to remember the poor,
and this was something I had always been eager to do.
Paul Corrects Peter at Antioch
When Peter came to Antioch,
I told him face to face
he was wrong.
He used to eat with Gentile followers of the Lord,
James sent some Jewish followers.
Peter was afraid of the Jews and soon stopped eating with Gentiles.
He and the others hid their true feelings so well
even Barnabas was fooled.
But when I saw they were not really
obeying the truth that is in the
I corrected Peter in front of everyone
Peter, you are a Jew,
you live like a Gentile.
So how can you
force Gentiles to live like Jews?
We are Jews by birth and are not sinners like Gentiles.
But we know
accepts only those who have
faith in Jesus Christ.
can please God
obeying the Law.
So we put our faith
God accepted us because of
When we Jews started looking
way to please God,
that we are sinners too.
Does this mean that Christ is the one who makes us sinners?
No, it doesn't!
But if I tear down something and then build it again,
I prove that I was wrong at first.
It was the Law itself that killed me and freed me from
so I could live for God.
I have been nailed to the cross with Christ.
I have died, but
Christ lives in me.
And I now live by
faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave his life for me.
I don't turn my back on
God's gift of undeserved grace.
If we can be acceptable to God by obeying the Law,
it was useless for Christ to die.