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This completes the first two chapters of the book of Galatians which
are personal in nature. In those two chapters the apostle Paul gives his own
personal experience with the Lord Jesus. There are really three parts to his
personal testimony. First of all he explains how he met the Lord Jesus.
Second, he tells us how his message and ministry were vindicated at the
Jerusalem council. Third, he tells about the experience when he withstood
Simon Peter, face to face, when he was wrong. I'd say it would take a great
deal of courage to take on a man like Simon Peter one on one. Simon was known
for his temper. I don't think it was the easiest thing in the world for Paul
to confrong him face to face when there was a problem in his life. Well, Simon
Peter is guilty of inconsistent conduct at this particular point. His walk
does not match his talk. So, Paul couldn't let it go by. If you really want to
get the key to this whole section, you'll look at the fourteenth verse. Notice
in that verse Paul says:
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the
truth of the gospel...
In other words Paul looked at the behavior of Simon Peter and the behavior of
others who followed his example and he said, "I saw that they were not walking
uprightly. They were not walking straight." It's really our word orthopedic.
That's where we get the word orthopedic. Paul is saying their conduct is not
consistent with the gospel which they preached. Paul has already mentioned the
truth of the gospel back in the fifth verse. There he says in verse 5:
...that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Now, in verse 14 he talks about walking uprightly according to the truth of
the gospel. The gospel of the Lord Jesus--the truth of the gospel--is not only
something we believe, but it also something that we practice. The Bible
teaches that we are not only to believe the truth of the gospel bu ...
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