11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning.12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.[a]
13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it.14 I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.
15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him16 to reveal his Son to me[b] so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.
When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.[c]17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.
18 Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter,[d] and I stayed with him for fifteen days.19 The only other apostle I met at that time was James, the Lord’s brother.20 I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie.
21 After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia.
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