Galatians 1:6-10…7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
Paul said no other gospel existed—only the good news of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. The false teachers insisted that salvation depended not on the sacrifice of Jesus alone but also on obedience to the Jewish law.
They claimed that a person needed to be circumcised and keep other Jewish laws in addition to faith in Jesus to be saved [Acts 15:1]. Paul understood that the law’s purpose was to expose sin. Jesus did more than expose sin; He forgave it. Jesus accomplished what the law could not do.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
Paul said, even if an angel came and preached a gospel contrary to what we have preached … a curse be on him! Very strong language. In v.9, Paul restated the curse on false teachers for emphasis. Forms of a works-oriented gospel exist today. Some may believe they can attain salvation by being good, showing kindness to others, attending church regularly, or learning the Bible. A saved person should demonstrate these practices, but faith in Jesus alone is the only path to salvation.
10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
In an attempt to undermine Paul’s authority, his detractors leveled accusations that he chose his message to please people instead of pleasing God. This serious charge hurt Paul. He said I am a servant of Jesus and a servant takes orders from his master. For Paul, pleasing God always took precedence over pleasing people.
Is pleasing God your highest priority?