Paul can overwhelm me a bit; he’s an avid rule-follower and tends to be on the serious side. But I do love how protective he gets over the integrity of the gospel.
“Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” 1:8-10
I love it. Paul is not prioritizing keeping the (superficial) peace or people-pleasing. He’s here to represent Christ and deliver the Good News of the gospel, which does NOT hinge on our works but is ANCHORED by the grace of Jesus and his sacrifice for us on the cross.
If following the rules could make us right with God, then Jesus died in vain. (2:21)
Mull over these chapters for a minute.
Do you protect the gospel, or water it down? Do you do your best to represent the truth of the gospel, or find yourself bending towards others around you? I see this happening a LOT right now in popular Christian culture in regards to marriage, politics, religion etc (Paul would have a FIT).
Do you shape your life around pleasing God or pleasing people?