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Known - Galatians Ch. 2, part 2 (4 of 7)
We come tonight to one of the most central passages in the Bible when it comes to laying a foundation for Christian faith. It is the first (both in time and importance) declaration of faith that truly captures the heart of God. It is also so rich in content that we could take weeks just on this one passage alone. We won't, but tonight I will attempt to bring clarity to a strong passage that has bewildering impact on our lives today!
We start in verse 15 of Galatians 2. This is a continuation of last weeks' argument from Paul when dealing with Peter. He continues the argument concerning Jews and Gentiles, then quickly builds a case for faith from this spring board.
Galatians 2:15-18 15 We are Jews by birth and not "Gentile sinners"; 16 yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified. 17 But if, while seeking to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found to be sinners, is Christ then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.
Paul is including Peter in his argument, "yet WE know". Paul was not distancing Peter from salvation, just reminding him they are on the same team. Peter was recognized as being one of the first to step away from the Law and into Faith, but Paul here is giving substance to what Peter already knew. It was like Paul was adding to a framework Peter knew in his heart, inspired by the Holy Spirit in a moment of writing this letter to give words to these thoughts.
Paul is dealing with the underlying disagreement between he and Peter, and also those calling for a return to law because faith is so sloppy and not objective. The ...
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