People-pleaser or God-pleaser?
Paul was accused of distorting the Gospel, and he defends himself in this letter:
1. The Gospel was received by revelation.
a. It did not come from his own reasoning.
b. He did not receive the Gospel from another human being.
2. It was approved by the Apostles.
3. Paul is no people-pleaser.
How does it apply today?
1. We can trust Paul's Gospel since he received it from God. Peter put Paul's writings on a par with the Scriptures.
We must not alter the Gospel in order to please people. We are confronted with the choice of letting our Gospel be shaped by God or by people.