The Galatians really got under Paul’s skin and despite
the grace afforded to the “chief of sinners though I be” the “least of all the
apostles” (1 Corinthians 15:9) felt justified cursing anyone who messed with
message he received by revelation. In this day and age we might also ask for
references since no one but Paul was there when the revelation was received.
But then it’s not Paul we depend on for our salvation but a particular story of
which Paul was just one of the tellers. It’s the story of Jesus that is
compelling and while the church throughout the ages has messed with the message
by making it about power or prestige or conforming to human conventions the
story continues to be told and believed. Martin Luther claimed “The gospel is
not to be believed because the church confirms it but because one recognizes it
is God’s word.” What makes the Gospel God’s word is the offer of freedom from
all that enslaves including, in the case of the Galatians, the law that was received
as revelation to Moses but was replaced by the revelation of Jesus Christ
received by the apostle Paul.