Galatians 1:1-10,20-2:5 (14th Thursday after Pentecost)

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Galatians 1:1-10,20-2:5 (14th Thursday after Pentecost)

Paul an apostle--not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead-- and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father;  to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel--  not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.  Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ. 

(In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!)  Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cili'cia.  And I was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judea;  they only heard it said, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."  And they glorified God because of me. 

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.  I went up by revelation; and I laid before them (but privately before those who were of repute) the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, lest somehow I should be running or had run in vain.  But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.  But because of false brethren secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage--  to them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. 

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