THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THE BELIEVERS IN GALATIA, WHERE HE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS TEACHING THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE, WERE TURNING TO A DIFFERENT GOSPEL THEY RECEIVED FROM HIM.
(Gal 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE GOSPEL OF GRACE HE RECEIVED FROM CHRIST, HE PRONOUNCED AN ANATHEMA TO THOSE WHO PERVERT THE GOSPEL.
(Gal 1:8) But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
(Gal 1:9) As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
HE THEN SAID THAT IF HE IS TRYING TO PLEASE MEN OR STILL TRYING TO WIN THE APPROVAL OF MEN, HE WOULD NOT BE A SERVANT OF CHRIST. FOR THE GOSPEL OF GRACE HE PREACHED DID NOT COME FROM MEN, BUT REVEALED TO HIM BY THE EXALTED CHRIST HIMSELF.
(Gal 1:10) Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
(Gal 1:11-12) I want you to know brothers that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
THE APOSTLE PAUL’S GOAL WAS TO FINISH THE RACE AND COMPLETE THE TASK THE LORD JESUS HAS GIVEN HIM.
(Act 20:24) …..I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s Grace.
NOTE: THE WRITINGS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL PRE-DATE THE FIRST GOSPEL WRITTEN BY MARK WHICH WAS PENNED ABOUT AD 70.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!