Galatians 1:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 1:16, NIV: to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.

Galatians 1:16, ESV: was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;

Galatians 1:16, KJV: To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Galatians 1:16, NASB: to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,

Galatians 1:16, NLT: to reveal his Son to me 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.

Galatians 1:16, CSB: to reveal his Son in me, so that I could preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.

What does Galatians 1:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is telling his personal story of coming to Christ in order to convince the Galatian believers that he did not invent what he taught them. He received it from Jesus directly. After a zealous career as a Pharisee, God intervened in Paul's life. Paul understood now that God had set him apart to fill this role of being an apostle before he was even born. God was the one who called him. Paul knew he did not earn or deserve this job; it was grace.

Specifically, Paul now describes what God called him to do when He revealed to Paul His Son, Jesus (Acts 9:1–22). Paul's mission was to preach about Jesus to the Gentiles. That's what he was born to do. It's what God commissioned him to do.

Paul now comes to an important point in his argument that the gospel he taught them did not come from other human beings. When, by God's grace, Paul believed in Jesus and understood his calling, he did not immediately go find some person to start training him in the things of Christ. As the following verses will show, he went off by himself, instead. The significance of this is that the gospel Paul now preaches isn't something he is simply regurgitating from his teachers. It came to him directly from the Lord.