Galatians 2


Joel King


Galatians 2:1-21


· Paul continues to tell his story from chapter one
· The second time he visited Jerusalem was 14 years after the first
· He went, not because they summoned him, but because of a revelation
· And he wanted them to hear the Good News he was preaching to the Gentiles
· He presented only to the leaders so as not to get into senseless arguments with others
· Titus, who was with him, was not required to be circumcised by the Jewish leaders of the church in Jerusalem
· The reason it was an issue was because some folks had come pretending to be Christians but really wanted to encourage everyone to obey the old law
· Paul and his companions however would not give into them and stood by their teaching that Christians are free from the law
· The leaders of the Jerusalem church, really of no consequence to Paul, did not make any changes to what Paul was teaching
· Instead they affirmed Paul and his call to the Gentiles, much like Peter was called to spread the gospel among the Jews
· James, Peter, and John (the three big leaders of the church of Jerusalem) gave Paul and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship and affirmed their ministry to the Gentiles.
· The only request they made was that Paul not forget to help the poor, which was something he was already doing
· Paul even corrected Peter when he visited the church in Antioch
· At first Peter ate with the Gentiles, but when the Jewish brethren came from the church in Jerusalem, Peter no longer would eat with them
· The some of the other Jewish Christians did the same including Barnabas
· When Paul saw this he confronted Peter
· Why was Peter a Jew comfortable eating like a Gentile even though he was a Jew, and yet he was setting an example that the Gentiles had to obey the law in how they eat
· Paul then says that we know that no one is justified by keeping the law, but only by faith in Jesus Christ
· We want to be justified by Christ even though we are sinners.
· That doesn’t mean that Christ promotes sin
· He is not trying to rebuild the law that Jesus made null
· On the contrary, he is no longer obligated to the law, but he is obligated to God
· The old self was spiritually crucified with Jesus
· Now that Jesus died for his old self, he now lives a new life by the power of Christ in him
· Now he doesn’t live by the law, but by the power of Christ who is within him
· He now lives by following and having faith in Jesus
· The same Jesus who loves Paul and died for him
· If we can be made right with God through the law then Christ died for nothing
· The grace of God is necessary because we could not keep the law


· We are all in process, even Peter stumbled over a decade after he received the Holy Spirit and was mightily preaching for Jesus
· I need to be careful that I don’t abandon simple believers and their unsophisticated spiritual mannerisms when the educated, disciplined, churched people show up
· The law is no longer the standard by which I try and attain acceptance by God
· That comes through faith in Jesus
· However, my new life should still be lived in service to Jesus as he gave his life for mine.


Thank you for your grace, and meeting me right where I am at. Help me live by grace, and give lots of grace to others. At the same time help me grow in thankfulness that I might turn more and more of my life over to you and doing your will. Keep me from hypocrisy, and lead me into ways of your love. In Jesus Name I Pray. AMEN

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