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Pauls admonishment of Peter: The Preservation of the Gospel: Acting in Line with the Truth of the Gospel

In Galatians 2:14, Paul lays down a powerful principle. He deals with Peter’s racial pride and cowardice by declaring that he was not living “in line with the truth of the gospel”. From this we see that the Christian life is a process of renewing every dimension of our life– spiritual, psychological, corporate, social–by thinking, hoping, and living out the “lines” or ramifications of the gospel. The gospel is to be applied to every area of thinking, feeling, relating, working, and behaving. The implications and applications of Galatians 2:14 are vast.

I sincerely believe, All problems, personal or social come from a failure to use the gospel in a radical way, to get “in line with the truth of the gospel” (Gal.2:14). All pathologies in the church and all its ineffectiveness comes from a failure to use the gospel in a radical way. I believe that if the gospel is expounded and applied in its fullness in any church and in your life, that church and your life will look very unique. People will find both moral conviction yet compassion and flexibility. For example, the cultural elites of either liberal or conservative sides are alike in their unwillingness to befriend or live with or respect or worship with the poor. They are alike in separating themselves increasingly from the rest of society by either  religious moralism or social status.

In terms of Church ministry:   Legalism tends to place all the emphasis on the
individual human soul. Legalistic religion will insist on converting others to their faith and church, but will ignore social needs of the broader community. On the other hand, “liberalism” will tend to emphasize only amelioration of social conditions and minimize the need for repentance and conversion. The gospel leads to love which in turn moves us to give our neighbor whatever is needed–conversion or a cup of cold water, evangelism and social concern

I have personally seen that the gospel is the way that anything is renewed and transformed by Christ–whether a heart, a relationship, a church, or a community. It is the key to all doctrine and our view of our lives in this world. Therefore, all our problems come from a lack of orientation to the gospel. Put positively, the gospel transforms our hearts and thinking and approaches to absolutely everything.

In Galatians 2, Paul (an almost apostle) opposed Peter (an apostle) with not acting in line with the truth of the Gospel.  Pauls reason for doing this was twofold:

(1) To oppose any rejection or exclusion from the Gospel community based on racial or socioeconomic status (ie Jews vs Gentiles). In this case the Jews were “snubbing” the gentile community.

(2) To correct the idea that law-based righteoussness  plays any part in a movement toward a righteoussness in Christ.    “Justified” means “counted righteous” or “declared righteous” by God (see esv footnote). If people were sinless and perfectly obeyed all of God’s perfect moral standards, they could be justified or “declared righteous” on the basis of their own merits. But Paul says that this is impossible for any Gentile or even for any Jew to do (cf. Romans 1–2). we know that a person is not justified by works of the law. Paul saw that Christ had taught justification by faith, and so he called God the one “who justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4:5). Paul will soon show that this view was taught even in the OT (see Gal. 3:6–18), though it was not the view of most of first-century Judaism.

Here is the biblegateway text on Galatians 2:11-21.

Paul Opposes Peter

14When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

15“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ 16know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

17“If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes Continue reading

Galatians Study This Fall at Lifeprint Church

Starting Sunday  October 4 at 6:30,  I will be starting a study on Galatians in my home entitled, “Living in line with the Truth of the Gospel”. The study and questions were done by Tim Keller.  This course will run for 13 weeks.   The study will be equally good for mature believers or those that are new to their faith.  The study basically describes how the Gospel message (“the good news”)  of Jesus Christ works and provides the power for us living out our lives in our faith, relationships, marriages, and in all aspects of our lives:

Below  is an outline on the study. For those that are in the south-west suburbs area of the twin cities and at Lifeprint Church, I welcome you to join me if you want be e-mailing me at jaspadino@gmail.com.  There is limited space since it is in my home.

Introduction to Galatians
Study 1 Galatians 1:1-9 | The Uniqueness of the Gospel
Reflection: Luther’s Preface to Galatians
Study 2 Galatians 1:10-24 | A Gospel-Changed Life
Exercise: Testimony
Study 3 Galatians 2:1-10 | Unity in the Gospel
Reflection: The Two Prodigals
Study 4 Galatians 2:11-21 | Living the Gospel
Exercise: “In Line” with the Gospel
Study 5 Galatians 3:1-14 | The Gospel and Faith
Reflection: Grace and Growth
Study 6 Galatians 3:15-25 | The Gospel and the Law
Exercise: Deeds, Words and Heart
Study 7 Galatians 3:26-4:7 | Children of God
Reflection: Adoption in Christ
Study 8 Galatians 4:8-20 | Gospel-Centered Ministry
Exercise: Idols of the Heart
Study 9 Galatians 4:21-31 | Grace to the Barren
Exercise: Gospel Forgiveness
Study 10 Galatians 5:1-15 | Gospel Freedom
Exercise: Son or Slave?
Study 11 Galatians 5:16-25 | Gospel Character
Exercise: Fruit of the Spirit
Study 12 Galatians 5:26-6:5 | Gospel Relationships
Exercise: Gospel Relationships
Study 13 Galatians 6:6-18 | Sowing and Reaping
Reflection: Luther Re-visited


I will post some quotes from Galatians and from my own and Tims interpretation of Galatians in the comments section. Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments section and I will respond back.