Paul and the Existence of Jesus 16: Abandonment of the Gospel (Galatians 1:6-10)
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 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! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
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.
Paul now quickly turns to the reason for writing this letter. He chides the Galatians for abandoning the Gospel he had preached for another – which in the context of the later discussion refers to the necessity of conforming to the Jewish laws in addition to faith – and then anathematizes those who preach a Gospel different from the Gospel of faith in Christ he preached.
As is shown throughout this letter and others in the Pauline corpus, the Gospel is not identified with a detailed biography of Jesus but rather with the revelation that we are freed from condemnation of the Law by faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, when Paul states he did not receive the Gospel from any man, he is not speaking of the details of the life and ministry of Jesus but rather the knowledge that those who place their faith in Christ are no longer subject to the Law.
One item that needs to be pointed out later is that Paul makes reference to the “Gospel of Christ.” On various occasions, Doherty will employ the “God vs. Jesus” false dichotomy where he raises verses where something that might be credited to Jesus is credited to God. However, he ignores those verses where the same item is credited to Christ. It is fairly obvious that Paul considers Jesus and God to be united in purpose and authority but Doherty “quotemines” items to give the false appearance of scandal where none exists. It is a practice that appears throughout his tortured exegeses of New Testament passages.