“If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” (v9). Paul opens his letter to the Galatians with a bang. He has heard that the believers are being influenced by some who are preaching “a different gospel,” something distorted, yet close enough to the truth to not be easily dismissed (v6-7). Paul contrasts the gospel with his experience of zealous Judaism, emphasizing the difference between the two (v13-14) in order to highlight the uniqueness of faith in Christ.
Culture and language change, but the core message of the gospel remains: Jesus Christ “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age” (v4).