What kind of gospel had been preached in that church where this man had attended all his life? There is no other gospel but that Jesus died on the cross and that He was buried and then after three days He arose from the dead. If one places their faith in Jesus Christ and believes that He is the Son of God then he will not only be forgiven of his sin but will be given eternal life through Jesus. That is the Gospel of Christ! This is the Gospel that will set you free from sin!
Could you be tempted to turn to a different gospel? Paul thought it would never be possible for the churches that he established and taught about Christ, could even consider a “different gospel.” What was this “different gospel?” There were people who had come in behind Paul teaching that Gentile believers needed to follow the Law of Moses and and custom of the Jews and particularly had to be circumcised before they were truly Christians. They were saying in essence that “faith in Christ was not enough.” For God so loved the world that He “gave His most precious Son as a gift” to all mankind. It was not something to be earned but it was given freely by Christ to all who would believe. These folks came along trying to say you had to earn the love of God by following the laws of the Jews. Eternal life would be your reward for believing AND following the laws.
Think about this for a minute. What does it say about Jesus and His sacrifice if there is there is something else needed to be saved?
Paul is so clear here and bold to say, this is not a gospel at all. Who are these people bringing this “different gospel?” These were the Judaizers who were following him around and in this case after he had left the churches he established, they came in teaching this different gospel setting up confusion among the brethren.
Notice, Paul addresses this false gospel head on. This is a perversion of the gospel. Are you seeing that even if an “angel” comes to preach another gospel other than the one Paul preached then don’t listen, it is not of God! What is the pronouncement Paul gives to them? Eternally Condemned!
What do they think when a certain group of people, who call themselves Christians, who had an angel come and give the principles of their faith including a whole new book and their new “gospel” to their founder, read this passage of the New Testament?
In verse 9 Paul doesn’t let this go, he repeats himself. When talking about the fact that people need to get along and that we should be tolerant of others beliefs, there will be people who will tell you and me that we are narrow minded and bigoted as well as intolerant. Paul answers for us, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Do you want the approval of mankind or the approval of God? Do you want to get along so much that you are afraid to talk of your faith as it is and with the truth of the Scripture, even with the statement of the exclusion of all other “gospels” out there. There is a point that we should have to state the truth of the Gospel. Please hear me. You don’t have to stand on the street corner denouncing everything out there but when the time comes and there is a need to share and state the truth of the Gospel of Christ, then do it without fear and do it respectfully and with love.