Galatians 1

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The Epistle to the Galatians.


Galatians 1

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.

Comments
"If any man preach any other gospel" than the gospel or good news of what Christ preached, e.g. Doctrines of Jesus, let them be "be accursed".[1]
Is it a minister's job to persuade men, "to induce one by words to believe" or "to make friends"? Is he trying to "please men"? If so he is not a "servant of Christ".
A minister of Christ must not be concerned with pleasing the congregation.
A man must be persuaded by the Holy Spirit.
Paul persecuted the follower of Christ until he was convicted in the spirit and repented by the Grace of God.
He will talk in chapter 2 how he as led by revelation.

6 ¶ 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 of Christ. 11 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[2] 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. 15 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. 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.


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Footnotes

  1. 331 ~ἀνάθεμα~ anathema \@an-ath’-em-ah\@ from 394; n n AV-accursed 4, anathema 1, bind under a great curse + 332 1; 6
    1) a thing set up or laid by in order to be kept
    1a) specifically, an offering resulting from a vow, which after being consecrated to a god was hung upon the walls or columns of the temple, or put in some other conspicuous place
    2) a thing devoted to God without hope of being redeemed, and if an animal, to be slain; therefore a person or thing doomed to destruction
    2a) a curse
    2b) a man accursed, devoted to the direst of woes
  2. 602 ~ἀποκάλυψις~ apokalupsis \@ap-ok-al’-oop-sis\@ from 601; n f AV-revelation 12, be revealed 2, to lighten + 1519 1, manifestation 1, coming 1, appearing 1; 18
    1) laying bear, making naked
    2) a disclosure of truth, instruction
    2a) concerning things before unknown
    2b) used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all
    3) manifestation, appearance