A shorter take on Galatians 1

This is Paul, sent as an apostle through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. The others in God’s family who are with me send their greetings, as well.

Please share this letter among the churches of Galatia.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age. We give glory to God forever and ever.

I’m surprised you are so quickly deserting me, the one who called you in the grace of Christ, and are turning to a different gospel. Of course, there is no other gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and perverting the gospel of Christ. Anyone who proclaims a so-called gospel other than what we proclaimed to you is cursed.

I want you to know, my brothers and sisters, that the gospel I proclaimed did not come from me or any other person. I did not receive it from a human source. Rather, I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (I’ve told you what happened on the road to Damascus. That was Jesus.)

You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life. I was violently persecuting the church and trying to destroy it. I was a leader among people my age in Judaism because I was more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But God revealed his Son to me so I might proclaim him among non-Jewish people. I did not confer with anyone about this, nor did I go talk to the other apostles. Instead, I went away at once to Arabia before returning to Damascus.

After three years I did go to Jerusalem to visit Peter and stayed with him 15 days, and I also saw James, the Lord’s brother. Then I went into Syria and Cilicia, but no one in the churches of Judea knew me. They only heard, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God because of me.

(This shortened take on Galatians 1 is based on the New Revised Standard Version of Scripture.)

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