For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel.
 For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
 For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it;
 and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.
 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace,
 was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood,
 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus.
 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days.
 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.
 (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.
 And Sad’ducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying,
 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother.
 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children;
 and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise;
 and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died.
 In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
 Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?
 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, `I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
 He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”
 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”
 Jesus answered, “The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
 The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he;
 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
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