Trying To Please Men Or God?

The book of Galatians was written by Paul, as he clearly states in the first sentence of chapter 1. This is in the form of a letter written to the churches that he founded earlier. The time period for the writing of this book is debated by theologians. Some say it was written between the late 40s and 50s. Others think it was likely written in the 50s and 60s.

Paul greets the Galatians with the theme of the gospel.

3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Galatians 1:3-5

Why did Paul write it? He is upset that the churches he established have turned to a “different gospel – which is really no gospel at all”. He wants them to realize the seriousness of accepting anything other than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

9 …If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

Galatians 1:9b

Paul impresses upon them that he is not trying to win the approval of men. If that were the case he wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.

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.

Galatians 1:10

In my next writing, we’ll take a look at how Paul came to learn about the gospel of Christ and how it changed his life. Until then…

In Faith,

Pam

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