The Episle Of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 2:14-21 (5 of 15) by Harley Howard

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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 2:14-21
(5 of 15)
Harley Howard

14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly
according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto
Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest
after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews,
why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the
Jews?

But when I saw that they were not straightforward
about the truth of the gospel, being that Christ
eliminated, all of the social barriers to salvation
and unity, I said to Peter, in the presence of them
all, "If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and
not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the
Gentiles to live like Jews?" His actions were DENYING
the cardinal truth of the gospel itself. That Christ
saved both Jew and Gentile and that the distinctions
and hindrances that kept them apart were gone forever.
Now by separating from the Gentiles, he was flatly
denying the gospel itself. They were walking in a lie
and not according to the straight and narrow way of
truth.

Paul asked a good question.

>> "If up to this point, you have been eating with the
Gentiles and acted as such, being in their company and
accepting them as your brothers, and were comfortable
doing so, then why all of a sudden do you insist that
the Gentiles live and act as Jews?"

This obviously would be the implication since Peter
decided that their company was no longer wanted. Then
the Gentiles would have to live like Jews before Peter
and the Jews would accept them as brothers again. This
was the obvious conclusion of Peter’s foolishness. The
seriousness of people following the wrong example of
leadership could bring forth disaster if the example
is opposite the truth and in Peter’s case especially
because he was an Apostle, one of the original
Apostles, from the mother church in Jerusalem!

15 We [who are] Jews by nature, and not sinners of the
Gentiles,

There was ...


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