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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. 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 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. 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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1 Deena E = "The Book of Galatians is also referred to as the Magna Carta of Christian Liberty."
2 Sarah R = "We read about Paul's conversion after an encounter with the resurrected Jesus in Acts 9. He is the author of thirteen letters in the New Testament. "
3 Cary W = "Paul is the only Apostle chosen by God through the risen Christ; all of the other were chosen before Jesus resurrection and for the conversion of the Jews.  Paul alone was commissioned to preach to the rest of us heathen or Gentiles this wondrous good news of the Gospel of the risen Savior and the redemption He purchased for all men, not just just the Jews."
4 Sarah R = ""...Galatia in the first century was the name for the Roman province in Central Asia Minor that extended south almost to the Mediterranean. As maps in the back of most modern Bibles show, Galatia included the towns of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe."- Elwell & Yarbrough, eds. "Corinthians and Galatians", Encountering the New Testament. Page 297."
5 Sarah R = "Paul is about to address concerns he has regarding the teachings of the churches in Galatia and therefore begins his letter but stating straight forward the gospel he preaches - that of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world."
6 Deena E = ""another gospel"Throughout Paul's visits to various churches, he often had a following of Jews (some were Jewish believers) referred to Judaizers. The Judaizers would try to make the Gentiles follow the Law of Moses and customs of the Old Testament and ultimately convert them over to Judaism. This made sense being that Jesus was Jewish and Christianity was rooted in Judaism. The problem, however, with a teaching that requires one to keep the law denies and nullifies Jesus' finished work and fulfillment of the law on the cross. The point of the Good News is that because we could not keep the law, a Savior did it for us. Adding anything to belief in and confession of Jesus to the Gospel, would be considered another gospel. "
7 Sarah R = "This sounds like Paul is using sarcasm. He was recently with these churches (see Acts 13) and already they are being led astray by false teaching. "
8 Cary W = "I have had many of friend who say they believed in Christ consciousness or that we are all a Buddha reveal their true heart by denying the Christ Jesus of the cross, some saying he never resurrected.Without that knowledge they know not the Jesus sent from God.  For even if a vision of him or an angel tell another story...well read John...he who confesses Jesus rose is saved, he who does not is not saved.  Period.  Very crucial."
9 Deena E = "Paul seems to endlessly face attacks on his credibility and unfortunately the attacks are coming from those in the church. Legalism and hypocrisy are two problematic evils at work in many churches today, and these seem like they were the main driving forces behind the attacks heaped on Paul."
10 Sarah R = "Paul calls curses upon anyone who teaches a gospel apart from that of Jesus Christ. This is a serious warning to teachers of churches today as well. "
11 Sarah R = "The NIV translates this as "eternally condemned". The Greek here is "anathema", meaning 'cursed by God'. "
12 Sarah R = "Parallel verse:1 Thessalonians 2:4 "On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.""
13 Sarah R = "Paul states that he preaches the gospel not to please others but to please God. In fact many upon his own people, the Jews, were upset by his teaching."
14 Cary W = "This is a very important message in that it indicates a very real and personal connection to God via revelation.  The truth of God must be revealed to heart, and not merely learned of other men's words and teachings, regardless their source.  We must learn to "hear only Him"!"
15 Sarah R = ""One of the great stories in the Bible is the transformation of Saul, the Pharisee, from a persecutor of the church to the greatest missionary that history has ever witnessed. Seldom does Paul relate that story in his letters. He doesn’t need to because he usually does that in person when he is planting a church. But on this occasion, as he defends his call and the gospel, he retells a bit of his personal history to underscore the complete metamorphosis that has taken place in his life. In his former life, Paul admits—quite painfully, no doubt—that he tried to destroy this movement. Borrowing language from the prophets, Paul narrates how God unveiled to him the truth about Jesus. At just the right moment, even while Paul was an active enemy, God revealed His Son to Paul and called him to be heaven’s emissary to the nations. Paul immediately stopped his campaign against the church, which was just beginning to emerge from its Jewish roots and spread to the Gentile nations."- The Voice Bible Study Note"
16 Sarah R = "In Philippians 3:5, Paul states that he was a Pharisee, a teacher of the Jewish law."
17 Sarah R = "See Acts 8:1-3, also chapter 9."
18 Sarah R = ""The first thing we need to say about Paul as a Pharisee is that he never stopped being one.  Before the Jewish leaders, Paul declares, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 23:6).  This shouldn’t surprise careful readers of Acts.  Luke notes earlier that many priests, Pharisees, and thousands who were “zealous for the Law” were part of the first generation of Jesus-followers (Acts 6:7; 15:5; 21:20)."- Gombis, Tim. "Paul the Pharisee". See the entire article at: http://timgombis.com/2011/09/19/paul-the-pharisee/ "
19 Sarah R = "God has a purpose for your life. Consider these verses:Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;"Psalms 139:13 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb."Isaiah 49:1 "Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.""
20 Sarah R = "That is, the Gentiles or non-Jews."
21 Sarah R = "Paul states that he did not talk first to others but instead answered God's call to go and preach about Jesus."
22 Sarah R = "The apostle Peter, one of Jesus' original 12 disciples. It is thought that during his time in Jerusalem Paul learned more from the disciples in regards to Jesus' teachings and further developed his doctrine, preparing him for the missionary journeys to come."
23 Sarah R = "James is mentioned as a brother of Jesus in Matthew 13:55-56 and Mark 6:3."
24 Cary W = "God will take the very worst of us, even such as murderous and hateful Saul, and use him for His ultimate glory.  And then we burst into spontaneous delight and praise of His eternal ways and grace, and our hearts are drawn to Him in fullness!"