Am I seeking human approval? (Gal. 1:10)

“Am I now seeking

Human approval?

Or am I now seeking

God’s approval?

Am I now trying

To please humans?

If I were still pleasing men,

I would not be

A servant of Christ.

Ἄρτι γὰρ ἀνθρώπους πείθω ἢ τὸν Θεόν; ἢ ζητῶ ἀνθρώποις ἀρέσκειν; εἰ ἔτι ἀνθρώποις ἤρεσκον, Χριστοῦ δοῦλος οὐκ ἂν ἤμην.

Paul said, “Am I now seeking human approval (Ἄρτι γὰρ ἀνθρώπους πείθω) or God’s approval (ἢ τὸν Θεόν)?  Or am I trying to please humans (ἢ ζητῶ ἀνθρώποις ἀρέσκειν)?  If I were still pleasing men (εἰ ἔτι ἀνθρώποις ἤρεσκον), I would not be (οὐκ ἂν ἤμην) a servant of Christ (Χριστοῦ δοῦλος).”  Paul explained his situation.  He used questions to drive home his argument.  He was not seeking human approval.  He only wanted God’s approval.  He was not trying to please men or his fellow humans.  He could not be a servant of God and still please men.  Apparently, he had been accused of skipping circumcision to make it easier for the new gentile followers of Christ by not having them circumcised.  Paul strongly maintained that he was a servant of Christ, trying to seek the approval of God, and not his fellow humans.  Do you seek the approval of God or your fellow humans?

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